Winter Water Tips

Protect Your Pipes: Frozen pipes can be costly and cause a lot of damage your residence, including flooring, drywall, and personal belongings. Following these tips can help prevent your pipes from freezing, bursting and causing costly damage.

Outside your Home:

Turn off outside faucets and disconnect the hose wrap all outdoor faucets with rags, newspaper or insulating material. Keep your crawl space under your house warmer: Cover foundation vent holes and insulate any exposed pipe. Patch cracks and insulate holes nears doors, windows, and walls by pipes and meters Insulate the foundation walls and the ends of the floor joists with rigid foam insulation.

Inside your Home:

Keep a trickle of water running from your indoor faucets during prolonged freezing spells. Keep cabinet doors below sinks open so that the warm interior air can get to your pipes and drains. If you're leaving home for a few days, keep your heating system turned on to a low temperature so that some heat is available to keep pipes from freezing. If you leave home for the winter, turn off the main shut-off valve to your water supply and drain your faucets.

If you suspect a leak:

If you suspect a leak, turn off everything carefully so no water is being used anywhere in the house. Check the position of your water meter dial. Make a note of the reading and then check it again in about 15 minutes. If the dial hasn't moved, you have a relatively water-tight home. But if it has, start checking hose connections, faucets and toilets. Sometimes a meter will indicate a leak when everything seems tight. In these cases, the leak may be hidden underground in the pipes.

Call a plumber for advice.

Fix dripping faucets immediately. A faucet that drips once per second wastes2,300 gallons of water a year. Most household leaks are easily fixed by replacing worn parts.
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