Winterize Your Pipes
Make sure that all outdoor spigots are winterized; this could help avoid pipes from freezing, bursting, and losing water & money.
Insulate hot water pipes to reduce the amount of water that must be run in order to get hot water to the faucet.
Locate Your Master Water Shut-off Valve
Remember to locate your master water shut-off valve and to mark it for quick identification. If a water pipe were to break, it could cause flooding and tremendous water loss.
Check for Leaks in Pipes, Hoses, Hose Connections, and Faucets
Even a tiny leak can translate into thousands of gallons of wasted water over a short period of time. Repair or replace any equipment leaking water immediately.
Use Shut-off Nozzles on Hoses
Use nozzles which completely turn off the water when you are not using it; they also help to more effectively direct water.
During a Deep Freeze (-5 degrees & Below):
- Keep open cabinet doors leading to exposed pipes so that household air can warm them.
- The natural flow of warmer air will help combat problems.
- Keep attached garage doors shut. Occasionally, plumbing is routed there leaving it vulnerable to winter’s worst.
- Keep your thermostat set above 65 degrees when leaving your house or business for several days.
If the Pipe is Already Frozen:
- Thaw the pipe as soon as possible or call a plumber for help.
- If you thaw the pipe yourself, shut off the water or test the shut-off valve to make sure it works before beginning.
- Slow is best for thawing.
- A hair dryer aimed at the frozen pipe is appropriate. A blow torch is not. Pipes that warm too fast can break.