When pipes freeze, they burst. Here are some helpful tips on protecting pipes in both occupied and unoccupied homes:
Occupied and/or Unoccupied Homes
- Turn off and drain sprinkler systems:
- Turn off the water to the irrigation system at main valve.
- Set the automatic irrigation controller to the “rain” setting.
- Turn on each of the valves to release pressure in the pipes.
- Drain all of the water out of any irrigation components that might freeze.
- Call a landscape professional or the person who installed the sprinkler system if unsure how to drain a sprinkler system.
- Wrap or cover outside faucets and pipes exposed to outside temperatures. Disconnect water hoses.
- Keep cabinet doors below kitchen & bathroom sinks open to allow warm air from the house to circulate around pipes located under the sinks.
- Keep the temperature in the home above 68 degrees.
- If a home will be unoccupied for the duration of the forecasted freeze, turn off the main water valve and drain the water from household pipes. Main house shut off valve locations vary, but most are located either on the outside of the house near the driveway, kitchen, garage, or laundry room, or inside the house in the laundry room, kitchen, or a bathroom.
- If a pipe does burst, shut off water at the main valve and contact a plumber for repairs.
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