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Plumbing technician in a plaid shirt and blue hat using tools to winterize a residential homeowner’s plumbing system in Decatur, IL

How Can I Winterize My Sewage & Plumbing Systems?

Plumbing and sewage are two of the most important parts of your Decatur, IL home. The problem is, winter can lead to serious problems that make for expensive plumbing repairs. Here’s how you can winterize your home as part of your winter plumbing maintenance.

Outdoor plumbing pipes in Decatur, IL covered in insulating material and tape to avoid freezing in the winter.


Insulation is one of the best ways to winterize your plumbing system, especially when it comes to water supply lines. Any water supply lines located in the exterior wall of your house should be insulated. For extra protection, you can wrap electric heat tape around the pipes. Insulating is also a great way to avoid septic tank and sewer line problems. Even if you simply insulate your crawlspace and exterior walls where drain lines are running, you can prevent freezing and serious problems with a little insulation. If you need help winterizing your plumbing system with insulation, Riley’s Decatur Sewer Service can help.

Septic System

When it comes to winterizing your septic system, there are a few different things you can do. The easiest way to prevent your septic system from freezing is to add a little antifreeze to it. However, you must do this right to prevent damage. Make sure you’re not using automotive antifreeze that can lead to expensive septic repairs, and call Riley’s Decatur Sewer Service at (217) 428-3066 before you use antifreeze.

If you have a septic tank, it’s also important to drain all your lines as part of your winter plumbing maintenance. You can do this by shutting off your water and opening all your faucets until they stop flowing.

A residential hose bibb attached to the side of a home in Decatur, IL, and in need of winterization services.

Cover Your Hose Bibb

Hose bibbs are a big problem when it comes to winter plumbing maintenance since they are located on an exterior wall in your garage or on the side of your home. To keep your hose bibb from freezing, you’ll need to drain all the water out of it and put a cover on it for the winter. Use your hose bibb shutoff valve to shut the water off to the spigot, then open the spigot to drain the remaining water. You can then leave the faucet in the on position and use a cover to prevent freezing. This is also one of the services we offer at Riley’s Decatur Sewer Service.

Indoor Temperatures

As far as indoor pipes go, it’s important to make sure you aren’t keeping your home too cold either. If you forget to turn your heat on during a frigid winter day, you could end up with a burst pipe in an interior wall. However, this isn’t a problem for most Decatur, IL, homeowners.

Call Today

When it comes to everything from septic installation to septic maintenance, it’s important to get professional help when you need it. If you need help winterizing your Decatur, IL, home, contact Riley’s Decatur Sewer Service, and we’ll take care of everything for you.

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