Water Winterization Tips
Winter weather is here and to protect your home and keep your water flowing, be water wise and winterize. The most important step is, if you have one, to use your stop and waste drain valve to drain your pipes anytime you leave for extended periods. Freezing water expands enough to break plastic, copper, and even steel pipes and can ruin tile and carpet, drywall, short electrical appliances, and destroy furniture. Here are a few winterization tips you can take to help prevent frozen pipes:
- When unoccupied, shut off water to the house, drain all internal piping
- Allow heat to reach plumbing, but do not solely rely on using a heater to keep pipes from freezing. Heaters can fail at any time, especially when it is extremely cold and they are constantly on, or when the power goes out.
- Insulate exposed water pipes (under sinks, in attics, crawl spaces or outside house)
- Locate and stake water shut off box at the street. Stakes are available at the TCPUD.
If you do not have a way to shut off and drain the water from your house, please contact a licensed plumber to discuss your options. If you have questions, please call the TCPUD at 530.580.6278.