Protecting Water Pipes from Freezing
If your heat will be off for an extended period of time (more than 2 to 3 days) give us a call. We’ll turn your water off at the valve outside your home.
Once we’ve turned the water off, follow these steps:
- Open all the faucets inside and outside your home. Most of the water should drain out.
- Have our personnel uncouple the water meter and remove it to drain out the rest of your system. This will also prevent the meter from freezing.
- Drain your water heater. Before you do this, turn off the appropriate circuit
breaker. Refer to the Owner’s Manual that came with your water heater, but
generally, you will have to open the drain valve on the lower side of the unit. To
prevent the water from draining on the floor, you should be able to connect a
hose to the valve and run the hose to a drain.
- The water softener is next. Unplug the unit, then take the fittings apart on the top of the softener (where the water piping meets the unit). Uncouple the two lines and let them drain.
- Now you’ll want to protect all the drain traps in your sinks, bathtubs, laundry tubs, showers, etc. This can be done quite easily by pouring approximately one cup of anti-freeze down each drain. This will prevent freezing and breaking.
- Toilets also have a drain trap and need to be protected. The first thing to do is flush the toilet for the last time. This will lower the water level in the toilet tank to approximately one inch. After flushing, remove as much of the water from the bowl as possible. Next, pour one cup or so of anti-freeze in the toilet tank and one cup in the toilet bowl.
- The next thing to do is to protect all the floor drains in your basement. To do this, you can pour approximately two cups of anti-freeze in these drains.
NOTE: The type of anti-freeze that is used in campers or mobile homes is the best, but clean ethylene glycol will also work.