In the winter of 2012-13 hundreds of homes in the San Bernardino Mountains suffered extensive damage due to burst pipes
during a cold snap, resulting in millions of dollars in damage. Unfortunately, much of this heartache may have been avoided if homes were properly winterized before being vacated. Simply turning off the water to the house is not enough!Whether you own a vacation home or simply plan to be away from home for a few days during the winter months
, it pays to spend a bit of time winterizing your home's plumbing system ahead of time. This small investment could potentially save you huge expenses and headaches. Even if temperatures never drop to a dangerous level, having the water off could also save you in the event of other plumbing emergencies such as a burst washer line, cracked toilet or other leak. Ideally, hiring a qualified plumber, such as Hilman's Plumbing, to complete the winterization process is recommended
, especially if the home will be vacant for weeks. A qualified plumber can perform services beyond the scope of the typical homeowner to make sure that all pipes are drained down completely, including blowing out lines with a compressor and properly draining down water heaters, spas, sprinkler systems, and any appliances that use water.