Sonora, CA — Temperatures are expected to drop into the 20′s in the Mother Lode this evening.
The Tuolumne Utilities District is urging customers to make sure homes are ready to withstand the freezing temperatures. General Manager Pete Kampa says, “Taking time now to do some preventative measures can save water, customer’s money and inconvenience should pipes freeze.”
T.U.D. has released the following tips:
• Outside faucets, and pipes in unheated garages and crawl spaces are most vulnerable to freezing weather. To prevent pipes from freezing, wrap them with insulating material. Cover them with plastic and secure with tape, string, or wire. Also, remember to disconnect garden hoses.
• Find your main water shut-off valve now! If a pipe breaks, you can stop excessive water loss and flooding by turning off your main water shut-off valve. It is commonly located next to the meter, in the garage, or outdoors by the foundation.
• Store some extra water during freezing weather in case a main break or frozen pipe cuts off your water supply.
• Do not keep water running to keep pipes from freezing.