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  2. Before you head off to Grandma’s house for the holidays, we recommend the following tips to help prevent unexpected damage from freezing while you’re away.


    Turn off and drain automatic and manual sprinkler systems:  It is surprising how many frantic calls the District receives from customers reporting that their vacationing neighbor’s sprinkler system has ruptured from the freezing and thawing cycle that is common in Colorado during the fall and winter months.  Ruptured sprinkler lines can cause damaging flooding into the home’s foundation, neighboring properties and even have been known to create an ice rink on driveways, sidewalks and streets resulting in walking and driving hazards for passersby.  To prevent costly property damage and possible law suits, ensure that your sprinkler system is prepared for your time away from home.


    Turn off outdoor faucets and be sure to disconnect hoses:  Make sure all faucets and outside piping is fully drained. Disconnect the hose to assure that freeze-proof faucets will drain.


    Insulate water pipes that may be vulnerable to the cold or have caused problems before:  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. For particularly difficult pipes, consult a professional on how to select and apply heat tape. Improper use can cause fires.


    Do not turn off your heat:  You might believe you’re doing a good thing by trying to save money on your electrical bill by turning your thermostat down or off while you are away from home for several days.  Interior water pipes can freeze and burst in under-heated homes causing significant property damage and water loss which will not be discovered until you return home – not the welcome home you would want.  To prevent this unwanted surprise, keep your thermostat set at or above 65 degrees while you’re away visiting Grandma.


    Keep open cabinet doors leading to exposed pipes so that household air can warm them:  The natural flow of warmer air will help combat problems.


    Keep attached garage doors shut:  Occasionally, plumbing is routed there, leaving it vulnerable to cold weather’s worst.


    So take it from us: Don’t leave for your holiday vacation unprepared. Prevent the property damage, repair bills, and inconvenience of bursting household and irrigation pipes by applying the above tips.  A little preventative preparation will go a long way.