Winter Weather Is Coming, Are Your Pipes Ready?

The cold weather season is here and Charlotte Water wants everyone to be prepared for the chills.

Here are a few helpful tips for you and your family:

  • Insulate pipes in unheated parts of your home and save on energy costs by insulating your water heater. Insulation materials are available at local hardware stores.
  • Seal any openings and air leaks in crawl space or basement. Use cardboard, plastic or newspaper to seal air vents if necessary.
  • Open doors on cabinets below sinks to allow warmer room air to circulate around plumbing at night.
  • Be sure garden hoses are disconnected from outdoor spigots.
  • Make sure everyone in your home is familiar with the location of the main water shut-off valve. You will need to know where this is in case of a water emergency, like a burst pipe.


  • Unplug automatic lawn sprinkler systems. Irrigation line breaks and sprinklers spraying onto sidewalks and roadways will quickly lead to serious public safety hazards and expensive repairs. If you must irrigate your lawn this time of year, do so during daylight hours when temperatures are well above freezing.

Did you know that water in the mains that travel from the water treatment plants to your home does not freeze? Learn why here.

Now that you are prepared, sit back, relax and enjoy the possibility of snow!