TMWA: Now is Time to Winterize Your Pipes

The Truckee Meadows Water Authority is warning residents to prepare for winter with some simple steps to follow to prevent frozen pipes this winter.

Freezing temperatures can cause water pipes to freeze and break. If you have not winterized. TMWA has a check list to follow so customers can protect their pipes and home from the expense and inconvenience of frozen pipes.

·Shut off and drain the irrigation system.

·Disconnect and drain outdoor hoses. Detaching the hose allows water to drain from the pipe. Otherwise, the ice formed from a single, hard overnight freeze can burst either the pipe or its faucet.

·Insulate pipes or faucets in unheated areas. If pipelines reside in an unheated garage or crawl space under the house, wrap the water pipes before temperatures plummet. Hardware or building supply stores will have appropriate pipe wrapping materials available.

·Seal off access doors, air vents and cracks. Repair broken basement windows.

·Know the location of your master water shutoff valve. In many homes it’s where the water line enters the house from the street. If a pipe bursts anywhere in the house, this valve turns off all water and will prevent damage inside the home. So, find it now and make sure everyone in the family knows where it is and what it does.

·Always have a plumber’s telephone number handy just in case you discover a broken or frozen pipe.

In the event of a broken pipe, TMWA’s emergency answering service is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week at (775) 834-8090. While there is a cost of $25 during business hours and $50 after-hours, they can dispatch a serviceman to perform an emergency shut off of your water service.

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