· Protect your pipes and water meter. Wrap exposed pipes with insulation or use heat tracing wire; newspaper or fabric can also work. For outdoor meters, keep the meter pit cover securely closed and allow falling snow to cover it. Snow acts as an insulator, so don’t disturb it.
· Drain all exterior garden hoses, coil them up and store them indoors to prevent them from cracking. If you have an indoor faucet for the outdoor faucet (s), turn it off and drain the water from the pipes leading to the faucet (s).
· Turn off and drain your irrigation system.
· If you will be away for a few days or more, leave your thermostat at 55 degrees to prevent freezing.
· If no one will be home for an extended period of time during the winter months, consider contacting New Jersey American Water at 800-272-1325 to turn off the water and hire a plumber to drain your system. By doing this, there will be no more water in your pipes to freeze if your furnace stops working.
When temperatures are constantly at or below the freezing point:
· If you have pipes that are vulnerable to freezing, run a small trickle of water overnight to prevent the pipes from freezing. The cost of additional water is small compared to the cost of repairing a broken pipe.