Tips To Help Prevent Pipes From Freezing:
Winter is in full effect! In an effort to help keep your pipes from freezing, consider the following tips:
Disconnect all garden hoses and if there is water shut off valve, turn it off! Also, consider installing covers on exterior water supplies.
Prevent the water meter from freezing during cold weather by keeping it securely covered.
Identify the location of the main and water heater shut-off(s). Knowing the location of these valves can come in handy during an emergency and could help prevent further damages.
Be sure that your home’s thermostat is NOT below 60 degrees.
Leave cabinet doors below sinks open to allow heat from home to circulate.
Close all windows and seal any gaps open to the outside elements, especially those near water pipes. Freezing temperatures combined with wind drafts can cause pipes to freeze.
Insulate pipes that are near exterior walls or in unheated spaces of your home. This can prevent freezing, especially for interior pipes that may run along outside walls.
Seal leaks that allow cold air into your home by weather strip, caulking or insulating. Check air leaks around flue or chimney chase, electrical wiring, dryer vents and pipes. Also, consider insulating outside walls that are in unheated spaces of a home.
If away, shut off water supply valves to your washing machine.
Leave lukewarm water dripping slowly from faucets during extremely cold periods. Water moving through the system should prevent lines from freezing.
If a Pipe Bursts:
Shut off water at the main valve.
If the break is in a hot water pipe, the valve on top of water heater should also be turned off.
Call a plumber immediately! Then call SERVPRO of Southbury/Torrington to make it, “Like it never even happened.”