Get ready for Winter!

To avoid freezing pipes and other cold-weather threats, take the following steps to safeguard your home:

Know where your shut-off valve is. If there is an emergency, you need to know where to go to turn the water off. It’s a good idea to stick a tag on the valve to make it more easily identifiable.

Make sure your water pipes are “covered.” If you have water pipes in your home that are exposed to cold temperatures (such as in a crawl space or drafty basement), wrap them with pipe insulation and/or building insulation. The water pipes should always be close to the heat source of your home.

Close down drafts. Cold air has a habit of finding its way into an unprotected home, so cover up exposed areas by sealing windows, insulating walls and attics and closing off crawlspaces.

Traveling? If you are away for more than a day or two it is wise to turn off your main shut-off valve in case a pipe breaks. This does NOT apply if you have a steam or hot water boiler (call us for advice).

Your main valve should be labeled (call us if you don’t know where it is). If your main valve won’t budge or leaks, call us and we’ll replace it for you with a main- tenance-free ball valve. If you are away for an extended period it is a good idea to drain all of the water from the pipes; no water – no chance of freeze damage.

Another tip: On especially cold days, open cabinets in the kitchen, den or basement to allows warmer air to reach your water pipes.