Tips to protect your home this winter
Whenever temperatures dip below 25 degrees, especially for multiple days, it’s important to take action to prevent your water pipes from freezing.
While the freezing temps occur…
- Try to keep your thermostat at 65 or above to keep warm air circulating in your home and around your pipes.
- Locate your main water shut-off valve so you know the location in case of an emergency. If a pipe does break and is spilling water everywhere, you’ll be glad you know where it is!
- Open any sink cabinet doors located along exterior walls to allow warm air around the pipes.
- Drip a faucet overnight, or all day if no one is in the home. It helps to pick one farthest from your main water shut-off valve.
If you wake up to a frozen water pipe…
- Shut off your water at the main water shut-off valve.
- Check all your faucets to locate the frozen pipe.
- Thaw the pipe using gentle heat from a blow dryer or call a plumber for assistance.
- Carefully restore water. Turn your main water shut-off valve on and SLOWLY turn your faucet on. Have towels ready – just in case.
Reminder! Try ALL faucets in your home FIRST. If you get a continuous stream of water out of ANY faucet, that indicates a frozen pipe in your home. Follow the steps above or call a plumber. If you have NO water from any faucet (including showers and tubs), then call WaterOne to check the outside meter. Our emergency service is available 24/7 at 913/895-1800.
Snow Event? While you’re shoveling, don’t forget to clear your meter pit and fire hydrants. We appreciate your help!
We hope these tips will keep you warm and dry this winter! See more information, including WaterOne’s new winterizing video here!
What to Do if You Lose Power
Make note, if you lose power The United Way of Greater Kansas City has compiled a list of warming centers for those effected by power outages. You can also get more information by calling 211 or visiting their website.