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
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.