Tag: Winterize

Don’t Forget To Winterize

Big Bear Lake, CA, January 18, 2013 – With the recent extreme temperatures in Big Bear Valley, the Department of Water and Power wants to remind homeowners to winterize their homes. To avoid leaking or bursting pipes, the DWP reminds valley residents to drain your pipes in the winter months when you will be away from your residence for an extended time. Winterizing will help keep your pipes from freezing, and in turn leaking or bursting. To drain your water, find your stop and waste valve, which is located between your house and water meter, and use it any time you leave your house for an extended period of time to drain your water lines, and remember to also shut your water off. If you are experiencing a small leak, call a plumber, however, if you are finding an excess of water in your home, call the DWP, as they need to see if the freezing temperatures compromised your pipes, and caused a large crack or leak. The DWP can be reached at 866-5050, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. You can also find complete information on how to winterize your home online at the Big Bear Lake Department of Water & Power...

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Leaving Town For The Holidays? Winterize!

Big Bear, Ca, December 20, 2011, 3:00pm – With the holidays upon us, and many second homeowners returning to their mountain getaways, or mountain residents leaving the valley to spend the holidays with family, the Department of Water and Power wants to remind homeowners to winterize their homes. To avoid leaking or bursting pipes, the DWP reminds valley residents to drain your pipes in the winter months when you will be away from your residence for an extended time.  Winterizing, as they call it, will help your pipes from freezing, and in turn leaking or bursting.  To drain your water, find your stop and waste valve, which is located between your house and water meter, and use it any time you leave your house for an extended period of time to drain your water lines, and remember to also shut your water off.  If you are experiencing a small leak, call a plumber, however if you are finding an excess of water in your home, call the DWP, as they need to see if the freezing temperatures compromised your pipes, and caused a large leak or crack.  The DWP can be reached at 909 866 5050, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  You can also find complete information on how to winterize your home online at...

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Winterize: Avoid Reaching The Breaking Point

Big Bear Lake, CA, October 21, 2011, noon – The Big Bear Lake Department of Water wants you to remember when temperatures drop, water freezes, and your pipes just can’t deal with the pressure. That’s when they reach the breaking point. In fact, pipes don’t always burst or break during a winter freeze, instead the water finds a weak point in the system, that could be a valve, a joint, or a faucet, and that’s where the water finds a release. If they do break or a crack, you might not find out until the spring when the system thaws and your house is flooded. Whether it’s a vacation cabin or your full time home, if you’re leaving for more than four days in a row this winter, be water wise and winterize by taking the following precautions against the freeze. Insulate all exposed water pipes including those under sinks, in attics or outside your house. Mark your stop and waste valve now before you can’t find it in the snow. When you leave your home for more than a week or two, use that valve to drain your pipes. Turn off and drain your sprinkler system, it must be shut off from November 1st to April 1st. The old fashioned idea of leaving the heat on or a faucet dripping wastes water, energy and money. Want more information on...

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Fall Is In The Air – Time To Think About Winterizing Your Home

Big Bear, Ca, September 29, 2011, 3:00pm – With the fall season in the air, the City of Big Bear Lake would like to remind you to prepare your homes for the winter months.  Residents of the City of Big Bear Lake can purchase snow poles at the city offices.  Snow Poles are beneficial to home owners and renters to mark where their drive way is for berm reduction after the plows come through your street.   Second homeowners who live throughout the valley should start to think about winterizing their homes.  Homes that are not occupied constantly throughout the winter months should have their water shut off and drained from the house to reduce the chance of pipes bursting.  The Big Bear Community Services District provides a full list of ways to winterize your home.  All residents should also winterize their sprinkler systems in the winter months.  For more information on winterizing your home, or how to get snow poles visit www.citybigbearlake.com or...

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