Water, Winter Can Be Costly Combination
Water and winter can wreak havoc on your home.
Homeowners in one south Charlotte neighborhood had to be rescued this month after a water main break on Carmel Road brought rushing water to their front doors, trapping families and pets.
In this case, the plumbing problems were the city’s, but with cooler temperatures and aging infrastructure, there’s the potential for trouble inside and outside homes across the area.
At home, you can help yourself by protecting your pipes and winterizing your sprinkler system.
Though Charlotte does not have extremely cold winter weather, the region will have occasional spells of temperatures well below freezing at night. Charlotte-Mecklenburg Utilities reminds homeowners to protect their plumbing during winter months to avoid frozen pipes and costly repairs.
Utility officials, as well as other experts, offer these basic tips for caring for your indoor plumbing:
- Locate the master water shut-off valve in your home so that you can cut water off quickly, if needed.
- Make sure the water meter box in your yard remains properly in place to keep cold air from freezing water inside the meter. If for any reason your water meter cover is damaged or missing, contact Charlotte-Mecklenburg Utility Department by dialing 311.
- Insulate pipes in unheated parts of your home and save on energy costs by insulating your water heater. Insulation materials are available at local hardware stores.
- Seal any openings in your crawl space or basement.
- Open doors on cabinets below sinks, especially those along exterior walls to allow warmer room air to circulate around plumbing at night.
- Leave a little drip at night if temperatures are going to fall below freezing.