Water Tips for Winter

Winterize Your Pipes

Make sure that all outdoor spigots are winterized; this could help avoid pipes from freezing, bursting, and losing water & money.

Insulate

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.