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Prevent Damage From Frozen Pipes This Winter

Prevent Damage From Frozen Pipes This Winter

In areas of severe cold weather, pay close attention to the local weather reports for notice of extreme cold weather. This will enable you to take the time to prepare and prevent water damage. Below are some tips to help you prepare for this winter’s weather.

  • Insulate all accessible pipes using pipe insulation which can be found at your local hardware store
  • Ensure that all cracks, holes and other openings on the exterior walls are sealed tightly with caulk or insulation, before the cold weather
  • Keep all exterior entry, exit and garage doors to unheated spaces closed as much as possible during the winter months
  • If the temperature drops lower than usual and any pipes are located adjacent to exterior walls or within base cabinets or in closets, leave the cabinet/closet doors open or use a fan to increase warm air circulation
  • Turn on each water supply faucet individually to ensure that there is a steady stream of water present
  • If the flow of water is slow, or there is no flow, then it is likely your pipes are frozen
  • If your pipe is frozen, identify the spot where the blockage has taken place. With a blow dryer, apply heat to the supply line, while leaving the faucet open

Make sure to turn off water supply during periods when the home may be unoccupied, particularly when colder weather is expected. For more tips and information, visit disastersafety.org