Colder temperatures are just around the corner and it’s time to start prepping your house for the winter season. Take the time now to get your home ready for the winter season by following these tips.

Before the cold weather arrives

  • Drain water from water sprinkler supply lines following manufacturer’s or installer’s directions.
  • Remove, drain and store outdoor hoses. Keep the outside valve open so that any water remaining in the pipe can expand without causing the pipe to break.
  • Check around the home for other areas where water supply lines are located in unheated areas. Look in the basement, crawl space, attic, garage, and under kitchen and bathroom cabinets. Both hot and cold water pipes in these areas should be insulated.
  • Replace batteries and test smoke, heat and carbon monoxide detectors.

During cold weather

  • Keep garage doors closed if there are water supply lines in the garage.
  • If you will be going away during cold weather, leave the heat set to a temperature no lower than 55 degrees.
  • Help make travel safe for everyone! City of Boulder property owners, landlords and tenants are required to remove snow and ice from their sidewalks within 24 hours after snow stops falling.

Prevent frozen pipes

Frozen pipes can be avoided with a little planning and a few simple steps. When frigid air hits, water freezes. And as it freezes it expands, causing pipes to burst and possibly flood. Here’s how to help keep pipes from freezing:

  • Make sure to insulate pipes.
  • Let faucets drip a little to avoid freezing.
  • Learn how to shut off water valves in case pipes freeze and burst.

Visit Inquire Boulder for more tips on how to prevent frozen pipes and what to do if pipes freeze.

The City of Boulder snow season begins Labor Day and ends Memorial Day. The city's snow crews work 24/7 to keep more than 300 miles of roads and multi-use paths clear and safe during snow and ice events. Learn more about the city's Snow and Ice Control program.