A Frigid Winter Can Mean Frozen Pipes
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A Frigid Winter Can Mean Frozen Pipes

Published by Steven Weiland

The winter chill is here, and it can lead to a lot of frustrations like poor road conditions and layers upon layers of clothes. However, in addition to these inconveniences, these below-zero temperatures can lead to the messy problem of frozen pipes. Take preventative action to ensure your pipes don’t freeze up on you this winter.

  • If you have water supply lines in your garage, keep the doors closed.
  • Open any kitchen and bathroom cabinets that contain pipes to allow warmer air to reach the plumbing.
  • Keep water running through the pipes by turning on faucets to a slow drip.
  • Keep your thermostat above 60 degrees Fahrenheit, even if you are leaving for an extended period of time.
  • Drain and store outdoor hoses, and close any inside valves that supply these hoses.
  • Inspect unheated areas in the home that contain water supply lines, and insulate the pipes.

If you do discover a frozen pipe, take measures to thaw it immediately.

  • First look at pipes that run along exterior walls.
  • Apply heat using an electric heating pipe, hair dryer or portable space heater. Do not leave these by the pipes unattended. Never use an open flame to heat your pipes.
  • Keep applying the heat until full pressure is restored.
  • Keep the faucet open during the process so water can start running through as soon as possible.
  • If you find a freeze in one faucet, check other faucets too.


Courtesy of the American Red Cross

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