Are your pipes ready for winter?

Winter Safety

Winter SafetyWhen water freezes in a copper pipe, the ice wins and the copper and your home loses. To avoid this potentially costly headache, it is essential that you take the proper steps to get water out of pipes in areas where freezing may occur.

To help protect your pipes and home this winter, follow these quick steps:

  • First, inside the house, shut off the water coming into the hose bib line.
  • Next, outside the house, take three steps:
    • open the hose bib
    • disconnect the hose, and
    • remove or open the backflow prevention device.
  • Then, open the drain device at the shut off in the house.
  • Lastly, leave everything open. Sometimes it takes a while for the water to drain, and since there is no reason to close anything until the spring, it is safest to leave it all open.

As there are a number of different styles of valves and backflow devices, please feel free to ask us for help with this important preventative measure.