Water Winterization Information

Below is a list of suggestions to help prevent damage to your various water systems caused by freezing temperatures.

Home or Business Pipes and Plumbing

  • Locate all exposed pipes that carry water. This includes outdoor faucets, bibs, and valves.
  • Remove, drain and store outdoor hoses inside.
  • Use foam or wrap insulation to cover pipes. You can use towels, blankets, etc. for temporary insulation.
  • Inspect existing insulation and replace it if needed.
  • Seal areas that allow cold air to get in to where pipes are located.

Evaporative Cooler

  • Disconnect the power supply.
  • Drain the water from the cooler.
  • Disconnect and drain the water line from the cooler
  • Cover the cooler with canvas or plastic to protect it. This also helps prevent the transfer of air to/from the outside.

Irrigation System

  • Remove, drain and store outdoor hoses inside.
  • Consider using a faucet cover on your outdoor faucets.
  • Insulate all above ground pipes and valves.
  • Turn of water supply to irrigation system.
  • Drain your system. Consider blowing our your system with air if you have that option available.

Backflow Assembly

  • Turn off water supply to assembly.
  • Drain water from assembly.
  • Insulate or remove the assembly.

Miscellaneous Water Systems

  • Don't forget to winterize your pools, boats, RV's or any other object that has water in it and may be subject to freezing temps.

What to do if you have a frozen pipe

  • Locate the frozen pipe(s) and try gradually warming up the pipe with warm air from hair dryers, heat lamps, etc.
    • Turn on a faucet while defrosting the pipe so that the water will flow again once its thawed.
    • Don't leave pipes and heating devices unattended.
    • Be patient as it may take some time for pipes to thaw.
    • Do not use an open flame due to the risk of fire or pipe damage.
  • Do not pour hot water over a frozen pipe. This can cause pipe damage.
  • If leaking, turn off the main shut-off valve.

Locate your water shut-off valve

  • Know where the main shut-off valve is in case of emergency.

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Frozen Hose Bib