- 1. Most hose bibs have shut off valves that supply the water to them. Locate them and turn them off. Then you will want to open the hose bibs to drain the water out. If you cannot find a shut off valve, then you should cover the hose bib with a freeze proof cover. They are readily available at most hardware stores and only cost a few dollars.
- Insulate any exposed piping that could potentially freeze. Especially any piping that is in the direct path of wind. This usually occurs mostly in garages and crawlspaces. Heat tape, wraps, and heaters can help on especially cold and windy nights. Any piping that may be in your attic should be addressed first and over insulating cannot hurt.
- This is an easy one, but one way to pretty much guarantee your pipes wont freeze is simply to let a faucet or two drip. I understand we do not want to waste water but letting a pipe freeze that then burst will waste many more gallons.
Pick a sink or lavatory that is on an exterior wall (Kitchen Sinks are on exterior walls in many homes) and let the faucet simply drip. I would let it drip in the middle of the temperature as hot lines that are not being used can freeze as well. Whenever you have a lavatory, utility, or kitchen sink on an exterior wall, in addition to letting the faucet drip overnight, I would open the cabinet doors if there are some. This will let the adjacent room’s ambient temperature into said cabinets helping to keep your piping warm.
- Awareness proceeds change, which can prevent damage. If you know the location of your main whole house water shut off valve, then in an emergency you could turn your water off in the event of a break or frozen pipe that ruptures. Many times, they are in your basement or crawlspace. If your home is on a slab, I would check in the garage or close to your water heater. I have seen them under the stairs in split-foyer homes as well.
Buy a water meter key! This is a simple thing to achieve and if you do; It will put you in the top 10% off home owners.
Know the location of your home’s water meter and clean the box out so you have quick access to the shut off valve that is located with it.
The actual thing to turn will be on the street side of the dial and is usually a flat slot that the meter key will sit over. Once you have the meter key securely on the shut off valve, turn it 45 degrees or a quarter turn and you quickly stop the water.
Water meter keys can cost around $10 and are available at most home and garden stores. This will come in handy if you do not know the location of your home’s inside main water shut off valve or if that valve has failed, which they do!
Again, the goal is preventing the freeze, but once it occurs, the goal quickly becomes getting the water shut off to prevent any further damage. Water damage to homes is the number one factor in rising home-owners insurance cost. Rubber washing machine hoses alone are responsible for over $50 million annually to people’s homes!
Always remember, in the event of a major water line break that has cost you hundreds or even thousands of dollars, most municipalities will pro-rate your bill down if you show them an invoice from a Plumbing company that the issue or leak has been corrected or repaired. The municipalities have a vested interest in your pipes not leaking as it cost them money as well as available capacity.
- Pay attention.
Yes, that is all, if you hear any water running, notice your water pressure has dropped, or see anything, you now have the tools to quickly jump into action and prevent any damage to your family’s home or possessions.
Champion Plumbing & Drain Cleaning of Canton, Ga will always come to your home and provide free written estimates, inspections, and audits to make sure you are armed with all the necessary information and tools to equip your home in the event of a frozen pipe or pipe rupture.
If you have any questions or need any more information, please feel free to contact us at:
Champion Plumbing & Drain Cleaning
1490 Toonigh Rd
Canton, Ga 30115