Fall & Winter Tips
Winter weather in Pueblo is oftentimes fairly mild but occasionally Mother Nature reminds us that this is Colorado and temperatures can be on the frigid side. To be prepared, the Board of Water Works recommends the following:
Don’t wait until pipes freeze. Frozen pipes can burst and result in more than a temporary inconvenience - not to mention added costs for repairs. Save time and money by insulating, or checking insulation as soon as possible.
Inspect Your Property
If you have had problems with frozen water lines in the past, in addition to insulating exposed pipes, sealing gaps and openings in basements and crawl spaces is an effective means of avoiding freeze-problems.
Leave a Faucet Dripping
Circulating water doesn’t freeze and the cost of a small trickle of water (just above the drip stage) will be low in comparison to the cost of having a service line repaired or replaced.
Winterize Outdoor Lines
Drain water lines to outdoor faucets and disconnect garden hoses from faucets.
Winterize Sprinkler Systems and Swamp Cooler
Drain all water from sprinkler system and shut off supply. Shut off supply line to swamp cooler, then disconnect and drain supply line. Optional: cover cooler to minimize heat loss.
Inspect Your Water Meter
Report broken or missing meter lid to the Board of Water Works Service Department, 719-584-0210. The water meter will be safe from freezing if the dead air space is maintained around it. Do not tamper with the meter itself as you may be responsible for the cost of any damage incurred. If you suspect a problem with the meter, contact the Water Works. There is no charge for a professional service worker to come out to your property.
Locate Your Main Shutoff Valve
Before a pipe breaks is the time to locate your shutoff valve. Learn how to turn it off and educate others in your household. If the Water Works can help in this regard, just let us know.
Traveling During the Winter?
Ask a friend to check your premise while you’re away, and let them know it’s OK to call on the Water Works for assistance if a need arises.