It is important to know what areas of your home, such as crawl spaces, basements, outside walls and unheated rooms are most vulnerable to freezing.
- You want to eliminate sources of cold air near water lines by fixing windows, insulating walls, closing off crawl spaces and stopping drafts at and near doors.
- Know where your main water shut-off valve is (tag it) located. If a pipe freezes or bursts, shut-off the water immediately.
- Protect all your pipes and water meter. Wrap exposed pipes with insulation ( inexpensive at a local hardware or building supply store) or an electrical pipe heater, newspaper or fabric may also work.
- Keep the lid closed tightly on your meter and let snow that falls cover it. Snow acts as insulation.