Some Chilly Reminders

Plumbing located within exterior walls or unheated crawl spaces is most vulnerable to freezing or bursting. These precautions can help prevent damage to pipes and subsequent flooding:

- All interior pipes should be insulated or have wall insulation around them, especially in vulnerable areas such as attics, crawl spaces and along outside walls.

- Use weather-resistant insulation to protect exterior pipes.

- Cabinet doors under sinks should be kept open during a heavy freeze to allow heat to circulate around pipes.

- Hire a professional to winterize the outdoor sprinkler system and remove all residual water, which can freeze and cause pipes to burst.

- Disconnect exterior hoses from their faucets and install frost-free hoses for hose bibs.

- Properly insulate unfinished areas such as basements and garages, where pipes may be exposed.

- Keep your thermostat set at a minimum of 55 degrees in the winter.

- Install a low temperature sensor if you are away from home often. It will activate your alarm system if the home temperature falls below a pre-set level.

- If you suspect a frozen pipe, shut off the water main source and call a plumber.

For more home winterization tips, read these other recent posts: Stay Safe, But Stay Warm and Your Roof is No Place for a Dam.


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