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6 ways to winterize your Lake Tahoe home – IVGID Tip

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The view from Diamond Peak of Lake Tahoe during a previous winter.

INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — Every winter, homeowners face the damage and expense of frozen water pipes. Remember to winterize your property before the cold weather sets in.

Here are a few tips and reminders on winterization:

1: When leaving town, shut off water at your Customer Shut-off Valve (CSV) unless you have hydronic heat or other unusual conditions. If you do not have a CSV, seasonal water turn off requests can be made by calling 775-832-1203. There is a service charge for turning the water off at the meter and this request requires 48 hours notice. A fine for meter tampering may be charged if the meter is turned on or off without a service call. It is the homeowner's responsibility to make sure the meter is accessible or additional charges may be incurred to get access to the meter.

2: It is also important to leave the thermostat at 55 degrees or above when you are away to prevent freezing of internal pipes. Don't run the water in order to keep pipes from freezing. This is a costly waste of water and can cause water damage in certain circumstances.

3: Close vents and other openings that allow cold air to reach plumbing under the house.

4: Detach hoses and sprinklers from hose bibs.

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5: Shut off, drain and remove backflow devices on irrigation systems. Store backflow devices inside to prevent damage. Visit Yourtahoeplace.com/public-works for basic instructions on how to shut off your irrigation system.

6: Post written directions for water shutoff in home for emergency situations. Post emergency contact information for property management or homeowner association personnel.

IVGID responds 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for water emergencies. Call 775-832-1203 if you have a water emergency. Be sure we can reach you by keeping your contact information current. You can update your contact information by logging on to your Online Account Access at Yourtahoeplace.com/public-works, submitting with your bill, emailing us at pw@ivgid.org, or faxing to 775-832-1260.

"IVGID Tip" is a regular feature, in partnership with the Incline Village General Improvement District, providing locals and visitors with various tips pertaining to the recreation opportunities and services the district provides. This tip was provided by IVGID Public Works. Visit http://www.yourtahoeplace.com/public-works or call 775-832-1203 for more information.