There’s nothing worse than a burst pipe in the dead of winter. With snow falling and temperature dropping to a 20-year low, now is the time to protect your pipes from the ‘Polar Vortex’. Fortunately, Aqua has some simple tips that you can do to lessen the impact of freezing temperature and protect your home.
Remember, plumbing located against exterior walls in unheated basements and crawl spaces is particularly vulnerable to the cold and at the highest risk of freezing or breaking.
Eliminate Drafts. Close crawl spaces, vents and doors. Repair broken or cracked basement windows. Make sure basement doors and windows close tightly.
Insulate Pipes. Be sure pipes in unheated parts of your property, including crawl spaces, are protected by properly installing heat tape or pipe insulation found at most hardware and plumbing supply stores.
Remove Outdoor Hoses. Exterior faucets and hoses are first to freeze. Remove for the winter season.
And when it’s really cold, 10 degrees or less, or you aren’t home, leave a thing stream of water running from at least one tap farthest from the water meter; open cabinet doors below sinks to allow warm home air to better circulate (always remove cleaners and chemicals to keep out of reach of small children).
If your pipes freeze and you can locate the frozen area, open the nearest tap, then use a hand-held hair dryer (blow dryer) or heat tape to thaw the area. . Hold the dryer about six inches from the pipe and move the dryer slowly back and forth. If this method fails after a reasonable period of time, call your plumber immediately.
For additional information, contact Aqua at 877.987.2782 or visit www.AquaAmerica.com.