Ken Fielding of North Lake Plumbing

Make sure you have a main water shut off located within your home that works. If it hasn’t been used in a long time it can freeze up and require replacement. If it is located in an inconvenient area of the house, such as a crawl space, we can put a rod up through the floor that is accessible under a cabinet. In some cases it may have to be relocated. The shut off at the street does not belong to the home owner, they are actually owned by the water company. It is critical to be able to turn your water off when you’re not home.

Some homes have automatic drain valves. Other homes you will need to open all faucets, including tub spouts, to drain the remaining water out of the pipes. If you have a dishwasher, run it for a few minutes after the water is turned off. To save energy with your hot water heater, turn down the control knob to the ‘vacation’ setting.

If you’re shutting down for an entire winter, add RV anti-freeze to your toilet tanks and bowls (about 1 cup each).