Waterwise Wednesday: Protect Your Pipes

Prevent a pipe from freezing and bursting to save your pipes, water, and property.

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– Keep the indoor temperature in your home 55 degrees Fahrenheit or warmer

– Drip faucets overnight when the temperature is expected to be well below freezing. It may seem like a waste, but the moving water will prevent the pipe from freezing.


– Collect the water in a bucket to flush your toilets or water your plants.

– Securely cover exposed outdoor pipes and hose bibs with pipe insulation to prevent freeze and burst.

– Check for leaks after any thaws. Temperature changes can cause pipes to expand and contract, leading to more leaks.

– Know exactly where the main water shut-off valve is located. Turning off the water quickly after discovering a leak saves hundreds of gallons of water.

Waterwise Wednesday: Preventative Pipe Protection

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As temperatures start dipping into freezing range, use these tips to protect your pipes and pocket book from plumbing repairs.

1. Turn off and drain the  sprinkler systems before the first hard freeze.

2. Disconnect hoses from outdoor faucets and turn off, or drain, the spigot.

3. Winterize unheated or vacant buildings to protect the pipes from freezing and bursting.

4. Insulate water pipes that are vulnerable to the cold.

5. Know the location of your water shut-off valve for your home to prevent water damage if a leak does occur.

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