Overage charges for water leaks can run into many hundreds of dollars. Leaks can occur any time of year, but are more likely to occur in the winter, when pipes are vulnerable to freezing. Members who spend long periods away from their property may not discover a leak until days or even weeks after it begins. If you plan to be away, especially during winter, it's a good idea to shut off your water as a precaution. Please contact our business office (209-296-3121) if you need help with this.
The Red Cross maintains a page with information on how to prevent pipes from freezing.
Winterizing: As mentioned above, it’s a good idea to shut off the water to your house if you plan to be gone for an extended period of time in the winter. If you do this, it’s important to turn off your hot water heater, and also any recirculating pump if your home is equipped with one. You should also open a faucet at the lowest level of your home.
We also recommend that you leave the heat on in your house, at a low level, to prevent interior pipes from freezing.
If you have irrigation pipes outside of your home, you should open them up at one end and use a compressor to blow compressed air through them to get as much of the water out as possible.
If you are away from home and want us to turn off your water, call our business office at 209-296-3121. Of course, we cannot be responsible for any damage that results, if for example you have not turned off your hot water heater.