Have you ever accidentally left a soda in the freezer? There’s that moment when you open it up, you see the can distorted and bloated, perhaps burst, and oozing a white, icy puddle. That’s nothing compared to the moment you find that your irrigation, or worse yet, the pipes in your home have frozen and burst.
Freezing water expands by 9 percent, enough to break plastic, copper and even steel. Once thawed, a one-eighth-inch split can gush 250 gallons a day, ruining tile and carpet, shorting electrical appliances and destroying furniture.
The most important thing to know is turn off your irrigation no later than November 1st and turn off your stop and waste drain valve any time you’ll be away for more than a day in the winter. Complete details on winterization and a printable brochure can be found here.
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. Check out our video on how to fix him, or call us at (909)866-5050 if you need assistance.
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