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  2. It’s the time of year that the District receives numerous customer complaints about having no water or frozen/broken pipes.  this is a yearly occurrence and this January is no different.


    Winters in Colorado are where the weather can go to daily extremes.  Monday temperatures can be the same as those in spring and summer months  but on Tuesday temperatures can drop below freezing.  This heating/freezing cycle can cause tremendous stress on your water pipes and, many homeowners unprepared for this time of year, face the expense and inconvenience of frozen and/or burst water pipes causing untold damage to their property and personal possessions.  Make sure you’re not one of them by taking a few simple precautions.


    Disconnect and drain outdoor hoses and sprinkler systems


    Detaching the hose allows water to drain from the pipe so an overnight freeze doesn’t burst the facet or the pipe its connected to.  Be sure to shut off and drain your sprinkler system as well, or have it winterized by a reputable irrigation contractor.  You'll thank yourself in the spring. The freezing and thawing cycle can create cracks and weak spots in the sprinkler system, triggering silent underground leaks or mini-geysers.


    Insulate pipes or faucets in unheated areas and consider installing “heat tape” or “heat cable”


    It’s best to wrap water pipes in unheated areas (such as the garage or crawl space) before temperatures plummet.  Pipes close to exterior walls or in unheated basements can be wrapped with pieces of insulation. Don't overlook pipes near windows, which can quickly freeze.  You can find wrapping materials at any hardware or building supply store.  Consider installing “heat tape” or “heat cable” or similar materials on all exposed water pipe (i.e.  exterior pipe, or pipe located where the temperature might drop below freezing).  It is relatively easy to install and can be found t your local hardware or building supply store.  Be sure that you use only UL-listed products and follow the manufacturer’s instructions carefully.



    Seal off access doors, air vents, and cracks


    Winter winds whistling through overlooked openings can quickly freeze exposed water pipes.  DO NOT plug air vents used by your furnace or water heater.


    Know the location of your water shut-off valve and regularly test it


    In case the worst happens and a pipe breaks, you won't want to wait for someone to arrive at your home to find it for you. In most single-family homes, the shut-off valve is in the basement or crawlspace on a wall facing the street.


    So take it from us: Don't fall into a cold snap unprepared. Prevent the property damage, repair bills and inconvenience of bursting household pipes.