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
  • 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 mywater.stpud.us

Vacant Home

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. Nights, weekends, and holiday calls will incur charges.