We often get so consumed with taking an environmentally-friendly approach to summer lawn maintenance that we forget to stay green throughout the winter. One key way to save water – and trouble – is to properly prepare pipes for the freezing weather. Here are a few things to keep in mind:

Which Pipes Pose a Risk?

Any pipes that are most exposed to colder temperatures than the rest of your home – those located on the exterior, in exterior walls, or in unheated areas – are most likely the ones that will freeze and burst.

Preventative Actions

  • When the temperatures sink below freezing, open cabinet doors beneath sinks and turn the faucet to a steady trickle overnight.
  • Insulate pipes closest to the exterior of your home.
  • Close the garage door if water lines are located in the garage.
  • Keep your home’s interior temperature at a constant 68 degrees even if you will not be home.
  • Disconnect and drain garden hoses before the first freeze.
  • Do not open windows that are close to water pipes.

If Pipes Freeze or Burst

If a pipe does freeze, thaw it out with a hair dryer or space heater (keep away from standing water and follow all safety guidelines) or wrap a towel soaked in boiling water around the pipe. Start with the part of the pipe closest to the faucet. If the pipe bursts, turn off the main valve and water heater valve if it is a hot water pipe that burst. Then immediately call a plumber to take it from there.

For any other questions on winterizing pipes, contact All Terrain Landscaping at 970-304-1183.