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Posted on: October 17, 2018

Don’t Give Your Water the Cold Shoulder

Winter weather is on its way, and if you want to keep your water flowing, the Big Bear Lake Department of Water (the Department or BBLDWP) has a few suggestions. Freezing water expands by 9 percent, enough to break plastic, copper and even steel. A one-eighth-inch split can gush 250 gallons a day, ruining tile and carpet, shorting electrical appliances and destroying furniture.

Every winter the Department has the unfortunate task of informing homeowners they have a burst pipe or broken irrigation system, usually the result of freezing temperatures. 

Whether it’s a vacation cabin or your full time home, if you’re leaving this winter, be water wise and winterize by taking the following precautions against the freeze. 

·        Insulate exposed water pipes including those under sinks, in attics, crawl spaces or outside your house

·        Shut off and drain all outdoor irrigation and don’t forget to detach and drain your garden hose.

·        Mark your stop and waste drain valve with a tall stake so that you can find it in the snow.

·        When you leave your home for extended periods use your stop and waste drain valve to drain your pipes.

·        If you can, leave your heat set for 50-55 degrees; this does not replace winterizing your home.

·        Consider opening cabinet doors under sinks to let warmer indoor air circulate near the pipes.

·        Complete details and a printable brochure can be found at bbldwp.com/winterize.

Last but not least, “Don’t Let Frosty Down.” Inside the DWP meter box is a white foam pad known as a frost mat, or “Frosty,” that protects your meter from freezing. Like foam on coffee, it should always stay on top. If you’ve had work done and your frosty isn’t on top and level, give him a good tug up. Visit bbldwp.com/frosty for a video on how to fix him, or call (909)866-5050 if you need assistance.

Want more information on protecting your home this winter season? Contact the BBLDWP at (909) 866-5050 or visit BBLDWP.com. Friend us on Facebook or find us on Twitter at bigbearwater.

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