Winterize Plumbing Tips

  • Keep Water Lines Insulated. Check around the home for other areas where water supply lines are located in unheated areas. Look in the basement, crawl space, attic, garage, and under kitchen and bathroom cabinets. Both hot and cold water pipes in these areas should be insulated.
  • Protect Your Pipes. Pipes located in attics, crawl spaces, basements, and near outer walls can be susceptible to freezing in extreme temperatures. Insulate to help prevent your pipes from freezing. When the forecast calls for unusually cold temperatures.
    • Let water drip from hot and cold faucets overnight.
    • Keeping cabinet doors open to allow warm air to circulate in places like below sinks. If you open the cabinet doors, be sure to remove anything inside the cabinets that may pose a safety to hazard to children, such as household cleaners
  • Home Water Control. Locate your master water shutoff valve so you know where it is if you do have a pipe break. It may be near the water heater or the washing machine. More likely it is where the water service pipe enters the house from the street. If a pipe bursts anywhere in the house – kitchen, bath, basement or crawl space – this valve turns it off.
  • Protect your Irrigation System’s Backflow Prevention Device. These are typically located in your front yard and have a white box-like cover. Insulate the inside of the cover and protect the pipes by wrapping/tape insulation, newspaper, a blanket or even a pool noodle around the pipes to prevent freezing. Click Here to Learn More
  • Have a Plumber’s Telephone Number Handy. Write it down before you need it in an emergency.  PWC maintains a List of Local, Licensed Plumbers