How do I prepare my pipes for the winter?

There are a few steps we recommend that you take each winter to protect your pipes from the cold:

  • Disconnect and drain outdoor hoses and faucets
  • Insulate pipes or faucets in unheated areas. You can use pipe-wrapping materials or heat tape, which can be found at any hardware or building supply store.
  • Seal off access doors, air vents, and cracks. Be sure you don’t plug air vents used by your furnace or water heater.
  • Make sure you know where the master shut-off valve is located.

In extreme weather you may also want to run a small trickle of water from faucet. 

If your pipes do freeze, you can attempt to thaw them yourself using a hair dryer or portable space heater and running it along the pipe. Do NOT attempt to thaw them using an open flame. 

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1. How do I find my water shut-off valve?
2. How do I locate my water meter?
3. How do I manage my water pressure?
4. How do I prepare my pipes for the winter?
5. How do I protect my pipes from clogs?
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