WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY
FREEZING TEMPERATURES & YOUR PLUMBING
When the temperature drops outside, you should take measures to prevent your water lines from freezing and breaking. Interior water lines can freeze even if you are heating your home normally.
Tips to prevent frozen pipes:
Keep garage and exterior doors closed, especially if there are water supply lines in the garage, walkway or entry areas.
Open kitchen and bathroom cabinet doors to allow warmer air to reach the water lines. This is especially important if your water lines are run along an exterior wall. Remove household cleaners to keep out of reach of children and pets.
Run a small stream of water from the hot AND cold at your faucet in areas where you know there may be an issue.
Don’t turn down your thermostat at night and when you leave the house.
Add insulation to attics, basements and crawl spaces. Repair any windows or doors that may allow cold air to reach water lines. Close attic dampers if water lines are run in ceilings.
Add electrical heat tape and insulation to water lines. If you are unsure how to do this, we can set up an appointment for a technician to perform this task.
Space heaters can be used, but must be used safely. Do not leave space heaters running unattended. DO NOT use gas burning heaters inside the home.
If you suspect your water lines have frozen:
Be careful when thawing frozen pipes because they may be broken and will leak when thawed. They may leak significantly so be ready to shut off the water.
Turn on a faucet as you thaw pipes so the water can begin to flow through.
Apply heat to the pipes carefully - use a hair dryer or portable heater. Do not use open flame and do not leave heat unattended.
Give us a call if you are not successful or if the frozen pipes are in an area that is difficult to reach. We can set up an appointment with a licensed plumber.
Keep vents clear of snow and ice to keep your furnace and water heater running properly. Blocked venting can cause deadly carbon monoxide to build up in your home. Genty remove snow and ice from vents. Also keep your gas, electric and water meters clear.