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Winterizing Tips for Prevention of Winter Damage

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Each Winter, the District experiences large amounts of water waste due to homes being improperly winterized. GCSD has created a checklist to help homeowners prepare for the winter months. Download a copy of the Winterizing Checklist: 

Winterizing Checklist.pdf


Do not wait for an emergency. It is important to know how to shut off the water supply to your entire house and/or property. Identify the location of your personal shut off valve and be familiar with how to use it correctly. The personal shut off valve is often found near the main water supply to your home. If you do not have a personal shut off valve, you may contact a plumber to have one installed.

Insulate exposed piping. Be sure to insulate any exposed water or drain piping in uninsulated spaces such as crawlspaces, attics, outside walls, garages, etc., with foam insulation at a minimum. Exposed pipes should be insulated with items such as pipe wrap, heat tape, and foam jackets.

Yard Irrigation. Turn off the water to the irrigation system at the main valve, as well as outdoor faucets and disconnect garden hoses. You may also want to consider an insulated cover for the hose bibb. Drain all of the water out of any irrigation components that might freeze .

Seasonal Shut Down. If you are away from your property for an extended period of time, you should always shut off the water supply. Turn off your personal shut off valve or contact GCSD to schedule a time for your meter to be turned off. The cost for a scheduled water meter turn on/off is $35.00 during business hours. Meter turn ons or shut offs after business hours is $185.00.  Properties with their water turned off will continue to receive a water and sewer bill.

Hot Water Heater. When winterizing, hot water heaters should be turned off. This is a perfect opportunity to flush and drain your hot water heater, as it should be flushed and drained on an annual basis.

Pressure Reducing Valves. Pressure Reducing Valves (PRV) should be tested annually by a certified plumber. The PRV is usually located where the water service enters the house, often under the home. The PRV helps protect your water pipes and appliances from high water pressure.

Water Monitoring Devices. Installing a water monitoring device is highly recommended, as it can alert you of a leak quickly, preventing water loss and damage to your home. Water monitoring devices are easy to install and a convenient way to track water consumption when away from the home.