Winterize your home and garden

Updated January 28, 2019
Winterize your home and garden

When the temperature dips in our area, you want to make sure that your home and garden can weather those cold spells. While each home will have individual needs, use this list as a quick review to prevent freeze damage and costly repairs.

  • Turn off your sprinkler system and drain the pipes to avoid underground cracks or bursts that can be hard to find and repair.

  • Drain garden hoses and store them in the garage or shed to prevent cracking.

  • Wrap outside pipes with insulation or heat tape.

  • Check outside faucets for leaks and repair them.

  • Know where to find your water shut-off valve in case you need to turn it off in an emergency.

  • If you plan to be away from home for an extended period, turn off the water at your home’s main valve to prevent pipes breaking in your home. Consider hiring a plumber to flush your pipes, as well.

And don’t forget to let Mother Nature take over your irrigation duties for the winter!

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