Weatherizing Pipes for Winter
This winter season, performing the following advice can help prevent frozen or broken pipes:
1. Drain all yard sprinklers.
2. Disconnect all exterior hoses and cover the faucets with plastic faucet covers.
3. Locate all pipes in unheated areas (i.e.: garage, garden areas, etc.) and insulate them with foam insulation.
4. When temperatures dip below freezing, cover crawl space vents, but remember to uncover them when the temperature rises.
5. Turn on a small, steady stream of cold water using the interior faucet furthest from the water meter when the temperature reaches 20 degrees or less.
6. To let warm air circulate around water pipes, open cabinet doors below the sink during extremely cold weather.
What to Do if Your Pipes Freeze:
1. Locate the frozen spot if possible and wrap the pipe with warm towels.
2. Never use a hair dryer of flame to thaw frozen pipes.
3. Shut off your water using the hand valve. If you can’t get the water turned off, call your local utility company for assistance.
Steps to Take if You Will Be Gone for an Extended Period During Winter:
1. Turn off the water main to the house. Call your local utility company if you can’t find it or don’t have a hand valve.
2. After the line is turned off, drain the pipes by running water through faucets and flushing toilets. Turn off your water heater at the breaker.