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Winter Pipe Tips & Free Water Shut Off Tag

Thursday January 21, 2010

When temperatures drop, water in your pipes can freeze and burst. It doesn’t have to happen if you follow these simple precautions.

  • Locate your inside water shut-off valve. It may be located in the basement, under the kitchen sink, in a utility closet, near the hot water heater, or even under the house in the crawl space. If you cannot locate or do not have a shut-off valve, call your plumber.  Once the water shut-off valve is located, label it so everyone knows where it is.  Request a free water shut-off tag.   
  • Wrap exposed pipes with insulating material. Pipes under kitchen sinks and in crawl spaces, near windows or in unheated basements are prime areas for pipes to freeze.
  • If your house has a crawl space, cover outside vents to prevent winter winds from entering and freezing pipes.
  • If your house has a slab foundation, keep the garage door closed. Water pipes are often located under the concrete floors of the garage.
  • If you’ve had problems with frozen pipes in the past, try running a small steady stream of water from a cold water faucet in extremely cold weather. Run water from a faucet children don’t use, because they may inadvertently shut off the faucet after using it.
  • If you subscribe to LWC irrigation service, call Customer Service at 583-6610 to have it turned off for the winter - you won't be billed for the service or have to deal with a frozen line. Remember to call back in the spring to have irrigation service restored.