Tips For Preventing Frozen Water Lines

Published on Oct 30, 2018 at 10:06a.m.

HEADING SOUTH FOR THE WINTER?

DON’T FORGET YOUR WATER LINES!

Whether you are heading south for the entire winter or just taking a taking a short vacation during the winter, it is a good idea to prep your water lines before you leave. Here are some tips to follow in case your furnace stops working and to prevent you coming home to a disaster.

  • Close the main water valve shut-off in your home. This valve is normally located by your water meter. If it’s not working properly, schedule an appointment with a licensed plumber to get it repaired. If you can’t find the main water shut-off valve, call Minnetrista City Hall and a Utility Department representative can come out and show you where it is located.
  • Even with your interior valve shut off you can still get water damage from frozen pipes. If this happens, call Minnetrista City Hall and set up an appointment to have your curb stop shut off. This is the valve located in your front yard. This will stop all flow of water into your home.
  • Drain the water lines down after the water is shut off. You can drain the water lines by opening a faucet on the upper floors and in the basement and waiting for the lines to clear.
  • Add non-toxic, marine or RV anti-freeze to your toilets. Flush your toilets to drain the water in the tank and read your product label as to the proper amount of antifreeze to add.
  • Turn your water heater down or turn it off.
    • For an electric water heater: Turn the temperature dial down or turn it off at the circuit breaker panel.
    • For a natural gas water heater: Turn it down to "low" or to "vacation mode."
    • It may take a few hours to heat the tank when you return.
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