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Frozen Pipes can be disastrous! Here’s how to prevent them…

Monday, January 10th, 2011

Frozen pipes ruin and disrupt hundreds of thousands of homes every winter.  Since it’s not easy to recover a pipe once it’s frozen, it’s best to know how to prevent what will inevitably be a disastrous situation. Copper and plastic pipes are most susceptible to bursting and a cracked pipe can spill up to 250 gallons of water in one day!  Just imagine how much damage that much water can do to your home or business! Frozen Pipe Safety Precautions:
  • Before the cold hits insulate all pipes throughout the crawl and attic spaces in your home. Exposed pipes are the most susceptible and need special care in winter time.
  • Heat tape can be used to secure pipes and keep them warm all winter.
  • Seal up any leaks that allow cold air to enter in the space.
  • Disconnect all garden hoses
  • A drip of hot and cold water can keep your pipes from freezing over night.
  • Open cabinet doors to allow heat to circulate especially under your kitchen and bathroom sinks.
  • If traveling always set your thermostat no lower than 55 degrees Fahrenheit
  • When traveling for a long amount of time, shut off and drain your water system
When a Pipe Freezes: Don’t take any chances.  Call us immediately so that we can fix the problem before the ice melts and too much damage is done.  Never try to thaw a pipe with an open flame.

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