Protect water pipes and plumbing at your home or business:
- Check your property for exposed pipes and plumbing that carry water (including outdoor faucets, bibs, and valves).
- Use foam or wrap insulation to protect pipes from freezing. Inspect existing insulation, especially in areas exposed to elements.
- Temporary insulation (towels, blankets, newspaper, etc.) is better than nothing.
- Seal all areas that allow cold outside air to get in where pipes are located.
- Newer homes may have poly piping in the attic; this may also need insulation.
- Remove, drain, and store outdoor hoses inside.
- Let cold water drip from a faucet during times of extremely frigid temperatures.
Protect your irrigation system:
- Consult your owner/operator manual for how to winterize your irrigation system.
- Insulate the main shut-off valve. If there is none, consider installing a shut-off valve as a preventive investment.
- Insulate all above-ground lines and piping.
- Consider shutting down automatic controller/timer and shutting off water supply to system. This may include draining remaining water and reprogramming operations.
Protect your backflow prevention assembly:
- Use an insulation bag, covered enclosure, or pipe insulation wrap to protect the assembly.
- Wrap blankets or towels around an assembly on cold nights for a temporary solution.
- If a backflow prevention assembly is leaking, it likely has frozen. Contact your tester immediately for repair or replacement.
What to do if your water pipe has frozen:
- Be patient. There is no quick remedy.
- Any area that is exposed is the likely point where a freeze took place.
- Pipes will need to gradually warm up. Blow warm air from a hair dryer or vacuum cleaner canister on the frozen section to begin warming. Wave the warm air back and forth. Keep a faucet in your home in the ‘on’ position during thawing to prevent a slug of water from going through and causing more damage.
- Do not pour hot water over a frozen pipe or do anything that would cause a rapid rise in temperature. Do not use open flame or torches to thaw pipes.
- If there is a burst or water is already leaking from plumbing, turn off the water at the main supply valve to the home or business.