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Now is the Time to Winterize Water Lines

Jan 6, 2020 by Chris Wood, Ph.D.


Winterizing water lines can prevent pipe bursts due to freezing temperatures.

This is a good time to weatherize your home, to prevent potential water leaks or pipe bursts – and subsequent water loss and property damage – caused by frozen water lines during the winter.

The MWA offers the following winterization tips to help:

• Insulate water lines (with wraps or tape) that run outdoors or in unheated areas.

• Consider insulating water heaters as well.

• Drain irrigation systems completely.

• Drain and disconnect garden hoses from outdoor faucets.

• Place covers or insulation over outdoor water spigots.

• Drain water lines that feed outdoor faucets.

• Remove window air conditioning units and insulate those areas.

• Clean gutters, so winter rains and melting snow can drain.

• When leaving your home for an extended period, set your thermostat to 55 degrees – rather than turning the heat off completely.

• Should a pipe burst due to freezing or under any other circumstances, always know how to shut off the main water line servicing your home.

For more information on winterizing your home, check out the “Learn More” link to our Winterization Tips page on this website (

Media contact:
Chris Wood, Ph.D.
P: 770-757-1681

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