November 28, 2016

Now is the perfect time of year to take the steps needed to prevent frozen water meters and frozen pipes. Despite the warm weather we've experienced the last several months, cold temperatures are right around the corner! Don't come home to frozen pipes, which can be costly to fix. Check our the tips below that will help keep your pipes safe this winter. 

Faucets - During very cold weather, keep a trickle of water running from faucets connected to pipes in unheated spaces. This includes any faucets located on the perimeter of your home.

Outdoor faucets - Disconnect all garden hoses and drain the water that remains in faucets. Looking for more information on disconnecting your outside spigots? Visit our blog post about how to properly disconnect an outdoor spigot!

Thermostat - Keep your home temperature set no lower than 55F. Travelers will often make the mistake of turning their thermostats off thinking it will save on their heating bill when in reality, they'll come home to frozen pipes. 

Shut-off valve - Know the location of your main shut-off valve. This valve is normally located where the water line enters your home through the foundation. It can be used to shut the water off in an emergency or when plumbing improvements are being made. It can also be turned off while the property is vacant to prevent water damage that unforeseen leaks might cause. Download our printable tag that you can cut and attach for easy identification.

Indoor pipes - Insulate pipes in unheated spaces like the garage and under cabinets along outside walls. During extreme cold spells, leave cabinet doors open so warm air can circulate better. If you do this, make sure to remove any hazardous materials so that children and pets can't have access. 

Irrigation - Make sure you've turned off and fully drained your system. Many companies recommend owners turn off water from inside, drain the water out of the system and release the air pressure.