As temperatures dip below freezing, it's important to take the proper precautions to prevent pipes in your home from bursting. Springdale Water Utilities (SWU) has some recommendations for what you can do to help protect your home:
- Winterize your outdoor faucets and remove hoses.
- Drain outside lines if possible.
- Keep your garage door closed.
- Turn off your seasonal meter or winterize PRVs or RPZs.
- If you have a crawl space, insulate access doors and seal cracks. Better yet, insulate pipes or heat trace.
- If you are not confident with your measures, you may leave a little water running in the sink or tub nearest where the service line enters the house.
- Make sure your meter box is closed and not open for an odd reason.
- If you have pipes in your attic, make sure you have them insulated or the area SAFELY heated. A pipe bursting in an attic is much more costly and messy than ones under the house.
- Check your homeowner's policy, or check with your agent, to make sure you are covered if you do inadvertently have a pipe burst.
- The homeowner or property owner is responsible for damages or leaks on their side of the meter. Burst pipes are expensive to repair, so take steps to prevent the problem.
- If you need help determining the source of your water loss, SWU can be contacted, however we do not make home repairs or thaw residential lines if that is the problem.
For more information about what you can do to prevent pipes from bursting in your home, please contact SWU at 751-5751.