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Winterization Tips from HCWSA


•Insulate your pipes, either with wraps or tapes, including pre-slit pipe foams fastened with duct tape, sacks, or additional protective materials available at local retailers.  Be sure to locate all pipes that pass through unheated spaces or areas exposed to the outdoors.

  •Consider adding or supplementing insulation to your water heater.  You may also turn the temperature down on your water heater for protection and energy/cost savings.

  •Drain your irrigation system, since the tips of sprinkler heads and portions of the entire sprinkler system often continue to hold water, even when inactive.

  •Arrangements should have been made during installation of your irrigation system to have a way to drain lines that hold water. 

  •Look for a drain valve on homes with pre-installed systems, while some systems are equipped with automatic drain valves.

  •Disconnect garden hoses from all outdoor water faucets, allowing water to drain completely.

  •After disconnecting and draining garden hoses, store them in a place with consistent (warmer) temperatures. 

  •If hoses are left without draining, do not move them or handle them during freezing temperatures, as they may be brittle and can be damaged.

  •If a faucet is not frost free, find the shut-off valve in the basement or crawl space where the pipe feeds the faucet outside of the home or building.  Shut off the valve feeding this outdoor line.  Then, open the outside faucet until it drains completely.

  •Winterize your AC as well, by draining all air conditioner pipes and hoses.  If your AC has a water shut-off valve, turn it off.  Also, make sure you don’t have excess water pooled in equipment.

  •Remove window air conditioning units and insulate those areas accordingly.

  •Clean gutters, so winter rains and melting snow can drain.  Should water back up in a gutter and freeze, it could cause the gutter to fail or water to seep into the house.

  •Should you leave your home or office for an extended period of time, rather than turning the heat off entirely, turn it down to 55 degrees to prevent problems from freezing temperatures.

  •Should a pipe burst due to freezing or under any other circumstances, always know how to shut off your main water line servicing your home or building.

  For more information contact the HCWSA at 770-957-6659, or log onto the Authority’s Web site at



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