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Cold Weather Means Time To Turn Off Irrigation Systems

Officials advise property owners to protect their pipes from freezing.

With temperatures starting to dip below freezing, officials are reminding property owners to turn off outdoor irrigation systems and protect water pipes from freezing.

“Irrigation systems are very much a problem this time of year, as overspray freezes on streets and sidewalks, causing hazardous conditions for motorists and pedestrians,” said Pete Sewczwicz, Director of Engineering/Public Works in Alpharetta.  “If an accident or injury occurs due to ice caused by a sprinkler system, the owner of that system will be responsible for any injuries or damages that may result.”

officials also encourage residents to take a few simple measures around their homes to avoid costly repairs due to cracked water pipes.

  • Drain water from outdoor sprinkler supply lines following manufacturer’s or installer’s directions. Do not put antifreeze in these lines as it is dangerous to humans, pets, and the environment.
  • Remove, drain, and store hoses used outside.
  • Close inside valves supplying outdoor hose bibs, and open your outside hose bibs to allow water to drain.  Keep the outside valve open so that any water remaining in the pipe can expand without causing the pipe to break.
  • Consider installing specific products made to insulate water pipes like a pipe sleeve or UL-listed heat tape on exposed water pipes.

“A few inexpensive decisions now can help homeowners avoid costly repairs down the road,” said Sewczwicz.

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