|Protect Your Water Pipes from the Freezing Cold!
Close inside valves supplying outdoor faucets. Remove, drain, and store lawn and garden hoses, too, and shut off water to lawn irrigation systems.
If water lines are located in an unheated garage, keep the garage doors closed.
Open interior cabinets in kitchen and bathroom. Doing so allows warmer air to circulate around plumbing.
When away from home, set the thermostat no lower than 55 degrees F.
Leave a pencil-lead-thin stream of water flow during freezing weather. In persistent, subfreezing weather, let water drip slightly from faucets served by exposed pipes. Even a very small flow can keep pipes from freezing.
Seal off access doors, air vents and cracks.
Locate the master shut-off valve, so water can be quickly shut off if a leak occurs.
Swimming pools and lawn sprinkler systems: Follow manufacturer's or installer's directions for winterizing.
Longer term considerations: Add insulation to attics, basements and crawl spaces. Install a "pipe sleeve" or UL-listed heat tape or heat cable on exposed water pipes. Relocate directly exposed pipes.
Information courtesy of kcwaterservices.org