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.