Waterwise Wednesday: Freeze Prep

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Time to put away the watering tools, the season’s first hard freeze is predicted for late this week.

– Winterize sprinkler systems by expelling all the water from the irrigation system and equipment, then blow out with pressurized air.

– Empty any remaining water and clean any residue from rain barrels or other water capture devices.

– Disconnect hoses from outdoor spigots and store them inside. Shut off water to outdoor spigots if possible.

– Clear gutters of leaves and debris to avoid trapping rain and snow melt that may freeze and pull the gutters away from the house.


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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