Before winter sets in:
- Repair broken windows, doors & walls.
- Tightly close doors and windows to the outside.
- Insulate outside walls.
- Insulate your pipes and meters. Consult your local plumbing or hardware store about proper materials.
- Seal all leaks in crawl spaces and basements.
- Turn off water to outside faucets.
- Turn off irrigation systems.
- Be prepared in case of frozen pipes. Store enough drinking water: one gallon per person, per day for at least three days.
If a pipe freezes:
- Completely open the cold-water faucet closest to the pipe. (Relieves pressure and reduces the chance of breakage).
- If you decide to thaw the pipe yourself, use a hair dryer, NOT a blow torch.
If in doubt, call a registered plumber for help.