It is inevitable. Each year, in the cold depths of winter, pipes freeze and burst and a homeowner’s nightmare becomes a reality. Whether you are leaving town for a few weeks or few months it behooves you to take the necessary precautions. From start to finish, winterizing your home via the steps below can take less than an hour and will ensure that a water related catastrophe will be avoided.
To have your water turned off at the meter pit (Mon-Sun: 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.). This is a free service with prior arrangement by calling office during normal buisness hours of 8:00 to 5:00 Mon-Fri.
Once the water is turned off, drain the water lines in the house by systematically opening all faucets and allowing the water to drain out.
Pour 1 cup of RV antifreeze (NOT automobile antifreeze), down each drain to ensure the water in the drain trap doesn’t freeze. RV antifreeze is available at local hardware stores for about $4/gal. Pour another cup into each toilet bowl just to be safe.
Depending upon your heating system and whether that will remain on during your absence, you may also want to turn the gas off.
You don’t want your water heater to freeze over. So, depending upon your heating system, either drain it or turn the thermostat down and allow it to run in your absence.
Unplug any unnecessary appliances’ and fixtures.
Be sure to update your winter contact information with PAWSD and your other utility providers.
Leave a key and contact information with a friend or neighbor should an emergency arise.
Mark your meter pit with a long stake and make arrangements to have the area around the water meter pit and any nearby fire hydrant cleared of snow build-up through the course of the winter. This action will enable fire protection services to your property and neighborhood as well as allow PAWSD to more easily turn your water back on should you return for a holiday in the mountains.
Remember the old adage “better safe than sorry”.
Have a wonderful winter where ever you may be going. We’ll see you next year.
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