Worcester County: Protect Your Plumbing

The recent cold weather has reminded us that even though we are “at the beach,” cold weather is a reality. Worcester County has days and weeks of sub-freezing temperatures and it is important to prepare your home for the freezing temperatures with some common sense preparations.

Consider the following steps:

If you plan to leave your home during the winter months with no plans to return for the entire winter season, have your home professionally winterized. Professional winterization includes far more than simply turning the water off. In addition, it includes draining pipes, adding anti-freeze chemicals to drains as needed and sealing the crawl space.

If you plan to use your home over the winter but will not be there on a daily or weekly basis, close the main water supply valve to the home every time you leave. Check all foundation vents to be sure they are closed and the access door is secured in place. Be sure all outdoor water spigots and outdoor showers are turned off, drained and hoses disconnected. Keep your home heated to at least 55 degrees Fahrenheit (higher if needed) at all times.

If you live in your home full-time check your crawl space access door regularly to be sure it is in place and be sure all of the foundation vents are closed. Be sure all outdoor water spigots and outdoor showers are turned off, drained and hoses disconnected. Locate your home shutoff valves so that in the event of a pipe break, the water can be turned off quickly.

Any questions related to the County Water and Sewer system should be directed to the Water and Wastewater Division of the Department of Public Works, 1000 Shore Lane, Ocean Pines, Maryland or phone (410) 641-5251 (answers 24 hours a day).

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