Thursday, December 15, 2016

Cold Weather Problems - Precautions To Prevent Water Pipes From Freezing


With below-freezing temperatures in the forecast, a few simple steps can keep you and your family safe and your home's pipes from freezing. Please review the below tips to help minimize the possibility or damage.


  • Prepare your pipes in advance. Remove, drain and store garden hoses used outside. If practical, use an inside valve to shut off and drain water from pipes leading to outside faucets. This reduces the chance of freezing pipes just inside your house.
  • Properly winterize automatic landscaping sprinkler systems. 
  • Check and monitor any exposed pipes in unheated areas such as basements, garages, attics and crawlspaces.
  • Locate the main water shut off for your home so that if a pipe bursts, you can shut off the water and minimize damage.
  • Open cabinet doors in the kitchen and bathrooms to let heat in and around the plumbing.  Especially important if some of these pipes run up against outside walls.
  • Keep any garage doors closed if there are water pipes or supply lines in the garage.  If attached to home and safe, consider opening the door to the garage to allow some home heat to enter the garage. While your heating bill may take a hit, the cost will not compare to costly repairs from water damage.
  • DO NOT use kerosene or other fuel fed heating devices in the garage to heat it.
  • Let water drip from faucets served by exposed pipes. Running water through the pipe (even at a dribble) can help prevent pipes from freezing.
  • DO NOT use a blow torch, r or any other open flame to try and thaw out potentially frozen pipes!
  • Mobile homes are typically more vulnerable to frozen pipes so take proper precautions. 
  • Keep the thermostat set to no lower than 55° F during the evening hours or if you will be leaving the home for an extended period of time (day or night).
 
Please check on your elderly neighbors and friends who may need additional assistance to ensure their safety and always having working smoke alarms in your home. Visit us at www.mcfrs.org/mcsafe for more safety tips.

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