Winter Weather

  • Seal cracks and holes in outside walls and foundations with caulking.
  • Insulate exposed pipes and inspect them annually, looking for a leak or condensation around the pipes.
  • Make sure a slow drip of water flows through faucets, preferably those on outside walls. Also, leave cabinet doors open, or use a fan to increase warm air circulation to these pipes.
  • Set the thermostat to no lower than 55 degrees.
  • Drain the water system by shutting off the main water valve. Starting with the top floor and working your way down, open all faucets until the water stops running.
  • Use a hairdryer – not a propane or welding torch – to melt the ice on a pipe.
  • Turn the water flow off.
  • If a pipe has burst, don’t let it thaw before you have it repaired. Be sure to contact a plumber to get the damage fixed.
  • Use a hairdryer – not a propane or welding torch – to melt the ice on a pipe.
  • Turn the water flow off.
  • If a pipe has burst, don’t let it thaw before you have it repaired. Be sure to contact a plumber to get the damage fixed.

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