Why You Need To Winterize Outdoor Plumbing

Frozen pipes bring a sudden halt to normal life. You need to find a plumber for an emergency service call. It costs money and everyone in the family feels the pain of being without running water.

People in the Portland-metro area often skip winterizing outdoor pipes. Oregon winters are usually mild, so some homeowners gamble with Mother Nature.

But, the weather in Oregon and Washington can turn harsh. If that happens, you and thousands of others all over Portland will be frantically calling plumbers at the same time. You could be left in the cold, without working plumbing.

And it’s all unnecessary. Winterizing outdoor plumbing systems prevents them from freezing and keeps them safe throughout the season.

Apollo can help you winterize. But, if you are handy with pipes, you can do some of the work yourself.  Here’s what you need to do to keep your home’s outdoor pipes and plumbing protected during freezing temperatures in Portland, Oregon.


Pipes don’t burst at the point where they freeze. They rupture downstream from the freeze, where the pressure is powerful.

If a problem occurs with an outdoor spigot attached to your home, a pipe could bust inside the walls of your house. A burst pipe causes water damage to floors, ceilings, walls and furniture.

Learn what to do to keep frozen pipes from bursting.


There are three areas you need to be concerned about:

If you have a back-flow device, give Apollo a call for help since back-flow devices can be tricky to winterize.


If you have an irrigation system, your best bet is to get professional help to prepare it for winter. Here’s an overview of the procedure:

At this point you need to:

Does your irrigation system use a blow-out type of winterization? Call a specialist in irrigation systems. If you do it yourself, you can damage the sprinkler head and lines.


Hiring a plumber for winterizing prevents more expensive repairs. Though it can be tempting to do everything yourself, it may cost you in the end. It’s all too easy to miss a pipe or faucet or damage a sprinkler system.


Apollo Plumbing, Heating and Air Conditioning provides affordable solutions for all types of plumbing in the Gresham, Portland and Vancouver areas.

Time to winterize? Contact the experts at Apollo today.

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