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Winterizing Your Pipes

Freezing temperatures can wreak havoc on your pipes during the winter season. There are simple things you can do to prevent the high cost of repairs and water loss due to burst pipes. A little preparation now really can help save our most precious resource, as well as save you money.

GOOD TO DO

  • Insulate exposed pipes and replace any wet insulation.
  • Wrap outside faucets and keep the wrapping dry.
  • Eliminate drafts from cracks, vents, windows, or doors near your pipes and insulate pipes in unheated parts of your home.
  • Disconnect and drain garden hoses and rain barrels, and store them in a garage or shed until spring.
  • Check your meter box cover. If it’s missing or broken, call your local utility office for repair service.
  • If you choose to drip your faucets when temperatures drop to the teens or lower, pick a single faucet at the highest level in your house and make sure droplets are about the size of the lead in a pencil. You’ll only waste money (and water) if you leave the faucet wide open.
  • Winter’s freeze may hit in spite of your efforts, so if your pipes do freeze, locate your shut-off valve and turn the water off.
  • Never try to thaw frozen pipes with an open flame! Not only is that dangerous, it’s a fire hazard as well.

ARE YOU A BAY STAR HOME?

We live in a beautiful region surrounded by water. It impacts everything from the food we eat to the fun we have as well as our economic livelihood. Our daily actions have a lasting impact and it's up to us to protect and restore our waterways. It takes a community of individuals making small changes to make a difference. Bay Star Homes is one way you can get involved in the effort to protect our region's most defining natural resource, water.

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