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Concerned About Frozen Pipes?

 

Following are a few simple tips to protect your home’s plumbing:

  • Run a trickle of water:  Run a thin trickle of water (see picture above) from the faucet furthest from the water line coming into your house.  Usually these will be  in rooms at the back of the house or outside, in the yard.  Allowing the water to circulate through your home’s plumbing helps to keep it from freezing.  Some consider this a waste of water, but the cost of the water used is extremely slight compared to repairing broken pipes and the resulting water damage. Also, the water can be captured in a bucket and used for other purposes around the home, like watering plants and washing dishes. 

  • Disconnect and drain outdoor hoses: Detach all hoses from faucets and allow them to drain.  This action guards against the water in the hose or pipe from freezing and bursting the faucet or pipe to which it is connected. 

  • Eliminate the amount of cold air coming into the home around water pipes.
  • If your home has a crawl space, cover the outside vents to prevent winter winds from freezing the pipes.

  • Insulate pipes or faucets in unheated areas: Pipes located in unheated areas of your house, such as a garage or crawl space under the house or in the attic, are subject to freezing.  If you have time to do this before freezing temperatures arrive, wrap these pipes with insulation materials made especially for this purpose.  These materials can be found in most hardware stores or home improvement centers.

Information provided by Democrat & Chronicle