Winter temperatures in Lake Tahoe dip below freezing and into single digits. Don’t wait for the damage and expense of frozen pipes. By taking a few precautions you can greatly reduce your risk of frozen and broken water pipes.
Prepare Your Home For Winter
Disconnect and drain all outdoor hoses
Insulate exposed pipes or faucets
Seal holes and cracks in exterior walls, foundation and around pipes
Turn off and drain irrigation systems
Find your home shut-off valve and shovel regularly throughout the winter
Find the fire hydrant closest to your home and shovel regularly throughout the winter
If you don’t have a home shut-off valve, considering installing one
Make sure South Tahoe Public Utility District has your current phone number in case we need to contact you in an emergency. To update your contact info, call 530-544-6474 or visit stpud.watersmart.com
Before leaving town:
Turn off your home shut-off valve
Open indoor and outdoor faucets to drain pipes. Remember to close faucets once drained.
Open all bedroom, bathroom and closet doors, and cabinet doors in the kitchen and bathroom
Keep thermostat at 65 degrees (as recommended by the Insurance Information Institute)
Frozen or Broken Pipes
If your pipes freeze:
Open a faucet near the frozen point
Wrap frozen pipe with a towel
Repeatedly pour hot water over towel
If your pipes break:
Turn off water at your home shut-off valve. If you cannot turn the water off, call 530-544-6474 for help 24 hours a day. There is a minimum $75.00 fee for water on/off. If you have a water leak over 500 GPH and the District is unable to reach you, we may send staff out to shut off the water. Any water shut off will incur a minimum $75.00 fee.
Winterize Irrigation System
Protect your irrigation system this winter by winterizing early and properly.
Adopt a Fire Hydrant
With over 2,000 fire hydrants in South Lake Tahoe, it’s a lot of work to keep them clear. Adopting a hydrant closes to your home or business and keeping it clear of snow and debris allows firefighters to quickly respond to an emergency. To adopt a hydrant, clear a three-foot space around the hydrant and to the roads edge