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Pipe Burst Prevention Before You Leave Town

Pipe Burst Prevention  Before You Leave Town

Pipe Burst Prevention Before You Leave Town

Absentee homeowners/residents:  Vacationers, snowbirds, or if unit is vacant for more than 1 day, be sure to complete following steps:

  • Set the thermostat in your unit no lower than 55°F, preferably 65°
  • Give friend or neighbor key to unit for emergency access
  • Have friend or neighbor check unit daily to make sure it’s warm enough to prevent freezing
  • Open cabinet doors to allow heat to get to un-insulated pipes under sinks and appliances.
  • Close main shutoff valve in hot water heater closet; turn down hot water tank
  • Spigots:  Disconnect garden hoses
  • Townhomes: outside utility closet – main water pipes are in the ceiling.  Keep closet light on; if necessary, add lamp light to keep closet warm

Provide HOA Board and Property Manager with your contact information or contact information of friend/neighbor who has access to your unit.