City of Oak Harbor, Whidbey Island, Washington, Whidbey Island's Premier Waterfront Community

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865 SE Barrington Drive
Oak Harbor, WA 98277
Phone: 360-279-4500
Fax: 360-279-4507

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Cold Weather Tips

Cold Weather Tips:  Don't let winter sneak up on you!  Remember: a frozen water meter and/or frozen pipes are not only inconvenient, they can be expensive.  Here are a few tips to keep your water flowing freely all winter.

Check your outside faucets:

  • Disconnect all hoses from outside faucets
  • Shut off and drain all outside faucets and lawn sprinkler systems
  • If you don't have a separate shut-off valve for outside faucets, protect them with insulated covers

Eliminate drafts:

  • Close all windows and doors near water lines
  • Caulk around pipes where they enter the house
  • Close foundation vents not needed for residential use
  • Seal cracks in basement, crawl space, and other outside walls

Insulate pipes:

  • Wrap pipes in unheated areas with weatherproof insulation or heat tape products
  • In sub-freezing drip outside faucet 24 hours a day (5 drops per minute)
  • In sustained freezing weather, let water drip slowly from inside faucets (steady drip)
  • Open cabinet doors under sinks adjacent to outside walls
  • In unheated garages, shut water off to washing machines and drain pipes
  • Take extra precautions to protect pipes that have frozen in the past

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