Steps for Winterizing your Home or Business

  • Insulate pipes with insulation sleeves, wrapping or using slip-on foam pipe insulation. Do not leave any gaps without insulation as cold air can affect the pipe in these spaces.
  • Winterize your sprinkler system by turning the water off to your irrigation system and drain your backflow preventer.
  • Maintain a heating source inside the building to protect pipes against cold.
  • Open cabinets underneath faucets.
  • Exterior hose bibs are normally left unattended, disconnect hoses and insulate faucets with covers or blankets.
  • House or Business Shut off valve: Know where your shut off valve is located in case of an emergency. For Homeowners, the valve is usually on the side of the house near the garage. For business owners, the valve is usually on the side of your office building.
  • If you choose to leave a faucet dripping, please only let the faucet drip slowly. NO STEADY STREAMS.
  • If traveling for the Holidays or your business is closed, it is recommended that you turn the water off at the street and drain all your plumbing at your house or business.