With bitter cold temperatures expected to blast the Midwest the next couple of days, freezing pipes are a certainty.
Here are suggestions to help prevent your pipes from bursting:
● First, locate which areas in your home are most vulnerable to freezing; i.e. basements, crawlspaces, unheated rooms and outside walls.
● Eliminate sources of cold air flow near water lines by repairing broken windows, insulating walls, closing off crawl spaces, and blocking drafts by doors.
● Know where your main water shut-off valve is located.
● Wrap your exposed pipes with insulation.
● When temperatures fall below zero degrees and you have pipes that are vulnerable to freezing, allow a small trickle of water to run overnight to keep the pipes from freezing.
● Open your cabinet doors to expose pipes to warmer room temperatures to help keep them from freezing.
● If you plan on being away from your home for an extended period of time, you can either drain the water system by shutting off the main water valve and turning on every water fixture (both hot and cold lines) until the water stops running or turn your thermostat between 50-60° to prevent your pipes from bursting.
● If a pipe freezes or bursts, shut the water off immediately. Do not attempt to thaw frozen pipes unless the water is shut off. Freezing can often cause unseen cracks in pipes or joints, once the pipes have thawed, turn the water back on slowly and you can then check for any cracks or leaks.
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Pipe Blog Burst 2-21-14