Prevent Frozen Pipes

Protect your pipes before the cold sets in.

As temperatures drop during fall and winter, improperly insulated water pipes can freeze and rupture. Expansion caused by freezing water is also a common cause for leaky pipes.

If you have a water leak emergency, call our trouble line at (253) 912-5381. For evening and weekend water leak emergencies, call (253) 912-5389.
Protect your plumbing for winter with these easy steps:

  1. Insulate exposed pipes, valves, and hose bibs. This includes pipes located outdoors, in attics, crawl spaces, basements, and garages. Pipe insulation and insulating material for hose bibs is available at many hardware stores.
  2. Shut off and drain outside faucets. If your hose bibs have individual shutoff valves, turn off the water supply for individual hose bibs and open hose bibs to drain faucets.
  3. Shut off and drain your outdoor irrigation system or other water fixtures.
  4. Disconnect your garden hoses from hose bibs.
  5. Cover footing or foundation vents if you have exposed plumbing under your house.
  6. Keep heat on and set your thermostat not lower than 55 degrees while away from home.
  7. If you are leaving your house or business for an extended period of time, ask someone to check your home or office daily to ensure the heat remains on.
  8. Locate your emergency shutoff and learn how to turn off your water supply.

If there will be an extended freeze, you may also want to:

  1. Let water trickle from the faucet on the outside wall furthest from your water mater.
  2. Open cabinet doors inside your house to allow warm air to circulate.

Find out more about fixing and preventing leaks here.