Now Is The Time To Winterize!
September 21, 2023
Excerpt from the October 2023 "Quality on Tap!" article from the South Dakota Association of Rural Water Systems:
Taking a little time and the proper steps to winterize your home - and especially your pipes - in preparation for the cold and snow, you can save yourselt time and money, and unnecessary heartache.
Insulate your pipes: Pipes brusting in winter are a homeowner's worst nightmare. Insulate pipes in areas of your home that are not well heated - such as crawl spaces and attics. Wrap them with pre-molded foam rubber sleeves or fiberglass insulation - both can be found in your local hardware store. Another option is to install heat tape - which is basically a special electrical cord that is wrapped around your pipes and emits heat. Make sure it is UL-approved heat tapes to prevent a fire.
Know where your master shut-off and service line valves are located: If there is an emergency, you will need to know where your master shut off valve is in a hurry. Find your water meter locaction, the shut off valve should be close by on the input line of the meter.
Disconnect outside hoses and faucets: It is very important to disconnect and drain your outside hoses and sprinklers.
Seal outside openings and cracks: This will prevent cold air from penetrating your home.
Clean your gutters: Gutters clogged with leaves and debris can form ice dams, that can cause water to seep into your house and cause damage.