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Frozen Pipes Tips

According to Punxatawny Phil we are going to see another 6 weeks of winter. I received a warning on my phone this afternoon that a “Winter Weather Warning” is in effect until 7pm tomorrow night. Freezing temperatures, 6-8 inches of blowing snow, & recommendations to stay off the road unless absolutely necessary. With this warning of freezing temperatures, I can’t help to think about frozen pipes. This article from the Red Cross offers tips on how to prevent frozen pipes and how to properly thaw them to avoid broken pipes and water damage.

  • Drain water from swimming pool & water sprinkler supply lines by following the manufacturer’s or installer’s directions. Do not use anti-freeze unless directed to do so.
  • Remove/drain outdoor hoses and store indoors. Shut off valves to outside faucets and leave faucets open to allow for remaining water to expand and avoid pipes to burst.
  • Add insulation to attics/basements/crawlspaces to maintain temperatures in those areas.
  • Open cabinet doors under sinks to allow warm air to circulate around pipes to help prevent freezing. Leave faucets to drip overnight to help keep water flowing through pipes.
  • Keep your thermostat at a constant temperature during day & night, this may result in a higher heating bill but can help to prevent frozen & burst pipes which may be more costly.

Be sure to read the full article from the Red Cross with more tips on how to prevent frozen pipes and how to thaw them properly.

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