Temperatures are dropping and along with the fun the winter can bring, this season can also bring on some big home headaches. As early as this week, temperatures are forecast to fall low enough for pipes to freeze, so now is the time to prepare.
The pipes that are most likely to freeze are those exposed to severe cold, such as sprinkler lines, outdoor hose bibs, pool supply lines, and water supply pipes in unheated indoor areas like basements, crawl spaces and garages.
Before the temperature drops:
- Drain any water from swimming pool and water sprinkler supply lines.
- Remove, drain, and store hoses.
- Close the inside valves supplying outdoor hose bibs.
- Open the outside hose bibs to let water drain and keep the outside valve open so any water in the pipe can expand.
- Hot and cold water pipes in unheated areas such as basements, crawl spaces and garages should be insulated.
When the freezing weather is approaching:
- Open kitchen and bathroom cabinet doors to let warmer air circulate around the plumbing.
- Let the cold water drip — even just a trickle — from the faucet connected to exposed pipes.
- Don’t lower the thermostat significantly at night or while away from home.
If your pipes do freeze:
- Keep the faucet open. This will help melt ice in the pipe.
- Use a heating pad, hair dryer, space heater or towels with hot water on the affected pipes. (Make sure to do this safely! Nothing flammable near space heaters, etc.)
- Call a licensed plumber if you don’t know which pipe is frozen or can’t access it.
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