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We offer winterization services as well to protect plumbing from freezing. We have been doing property clean outs for years, and our hard working crewmembers are ready to help you. They are equipped with state-of-the-art equipment that can handle any size job.

As the temperature drops heading into the winter months, it imparative to the future value of the property asset to act quickly in insuring that the water within the plumbing system has been drained or treated to protect from freezing.


Who Should Do the  Winterization?  It is wise to have your plumbing and heating system winterized by a professional unless you are well-informed on the necessary procedures. 

These are the Basic Steps we take to Winterize a Home Properly

  1. Turn Off Water. The  first step is usually easy; locate and turn off the  main water shut off valve, preferably one that is  outside. If the property is supplied by a well, then  also turn off the breaker to the pump system.
  2. Water Heater. After  the water is off, turn off and drain the water heater.  There are a couple of different procedures that could  be followed to accomplish this step. Temperature  controls on gas water heaters should be set to the Off  position, as well as closing the gas valve. Electric  water heaters should be shut off at the breaker. A  faucet or spigot will need to be opened to allow air  to flow in as water is drained out.
  3. Drain Supply Lines.  Water should then be drained from the entire water supply system; faucets and fixture shut off valves should be left open. If the house is on a well, the pressure  tank should also be drained.
  4. Blow Out the Water Supply Lines. Though gravity may  be sufficient to drain the plumbing in many  homes, standing water will remain in some  pipes. Though the  water is no longer under pressure, the remaining water will freeze and may strain some fittings. CPVC  (plastic not PEX) is prone to cracking. We recommend that water be blown out of the water supply  lines with an air compressor. Many do-it-yourselfers  skip this step, and most get lucky.
  5. Using special fittings to connect a  compressor to the house plumbing, the water supply  lines would be cleared of water by systematically  closing and opening faucets and valves starting with  plumbing fixtures most distant from the compressor and  working backward.
  6. Other Items to Drain.  Water softeners, filters, and water treatment systems  also need to be drained (the brine tank in a water  softener can usually be ignored).
  7. Anti-Freeze. Once all  the water supply lines are completely empty, flush the  toilets until they are empty, then winterize toilets  and other drain traps by filling them with a special  non-toxic RV type antifreeze solution (pink in color). 
  8. Other Appliances.  Keep in mind that water also runs through  many appliances such as the washing machine and  dishwasher, as well as the water supply line to the  ice-maker in refrigerators. Each one of these will  also need to be drained and/or disconnected.
  9. Turn Off Electrical.  Turn off all electrical breakers to appliances as well  as any other unnecessary breakers, and post a reminder  note at the panel to make sure the electric water  heater and other appliances aren’t turned on before  the water is turned on.
  10. Heating systems. You  wouldn't think that a furnace would contain water, but  some do. High-efficiency furnaces (also called  condensing furnaces) generate a significant amount of  condensation from the water vapor in the flue gases.  These systems, as well as air conditioners, have a  condensate drain line. Sometimes the condensate drains  into a floor drain, but if there's no drain available  the condensate drains into a small pump which pumps  the fluid uphill into the plumbing drain. Though there  is less chance of damage, these should also be looked  at.
  11. Special Heating  Systems. If the home has any sort of a more elaborate heating  system such as a hot water boiler, heat pump, or  radiant floor heat, then we recommend VERY strongly  that it be handles by a HVAC professional familiar  with these systems. These heating systems  sometimes circulate water instead of a  freeze-resistant fluid, or may interconnect  with the plumbing system and/or hot water heater. It  should not be assumed that these systems could simply  be turned off without danger of damage from freezing.  We work closely with EZ Heat and Cool of Downriver to insure that a specialist handles these situations.
  12. Warning Signs. Last of all, we post signs in conspicuous locations (“Winterized - Do  Not use Plumbing”) just in case there are unexpected  visitors.
16147 Merriman Rd.
Romulus, MI 48174



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