Frozen pipes can cause many problems from cracking and leaking leading to a wet basement to a wrapped pipe bursting.

Take care of your pipes during these bitter temperatures with the following precautions:

Tips to Prevent Frozen Pipes

  • Let faucets trickle overnight during extremely cold weather. The moving water helps prevent the pipes from freezing. It only costs a few pennies.
  • Insulate all water pipes in unheated areas. Pay close attention to pipes near exterior walls as in kitchens and bathrooms.
  • Keep the water meter area above 40F. Freezing temperatures can break a meter.
  • Repair or replace broken windows. Cover windows with plastic and caulk windows near water meters and pipes. Cold air blowing on a pipe increases the risk of it freezing.
  • Disconnect garden hoses & shut off the outdoor water supply. Shut off the dedicated shutoff valve inside for the outdoor water supply, and leave the outside faucet open to drain.

 

If Your Pipes DO Freeze!

  • Do not apply direct heat to the pipes. Use a space heater or hair dryer to heat the area around your meter and pipes.
  • Make sure the faucet is turned on so melting water can drip out.
  • After the pipes have thawed – Check your pipes. Look for cracks or damages.
  • Inspect your water meter for damage throughout the winter.
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