Avoid Frozen Pipes

The coldest air of the season arrives in our area this week and that makes frozen water pipes a big concern. We wanted to pass along a few tips to help keep the water flowing.

  • Apply heating tape or wrap exposed pipes with insulation.
  • Eliminate sources of cold air near waterlines.
  • Let water drip from the faucet overnight. This makes it harder for the water to freeze. The cost of water used is minimal compared to the damage that frozen or burst pipes can do to your home.
  • Keep your thermostat set to the same temperature during the day and night. Do not let your thermostat fall below 55 degrees when you leave your home for an extended period of time.
  • Make sure you know where the main water shut-off valve is in your home. You will want to shut off the water immediately if a pipe freezes or bursts. Do not attempt to thaw frozen pipes unless the water is shut off. -Apply heat from hair a hair dryer, space heater, or hot water to thaw pipes. DO NOT use any open flames.