Cold Weather Precautions
Frozen pipes cause inconvenience to you, at best, and can potentially cause considerable damage to your home and personal property.
Please take the following precautions to prevent pipes from freezing, so you will not have the inconvenience of being without water and loss or damage to your property.
If you are going to be gone for two or more days during the winter, watch the weather forecasts carefully and if there is any prospect of damaging temperatures, take these actions before you leave. Any time the forecast is for temperatures overnight below 25º or extended periods of below-freezing temperatures (longer than 8 hours):
- Leave cabinet doors in bathrooms and kitchens open to allow pipes underneath the sinks to receive warm air. This is particularly important when the sink is on the inside of an outside wall.
- Leave heat on at a thermostat setting of at least 60º.
- Disconnect water hoses, wrap outside faucets with foam or cloth, and them run at a small stream.
- Ask someone you trust to inspect your home periodically for frozen or broken water pipes. This is a good precaution regardless of the outside temperature.