Aqua Offers Tips to Keep Pipes from Freezing Ahead of Frigid Weather 

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Published: January 6, 2024, 5:24 am EST. Published: January 6, 2024. Updated: January 5, 2024, 2:42 PM EST

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With freezing temperatures forecast, Aqua Pennsylvania is urging residents to take action now to protect their water pipes from freezing. The risk of pipes freezing increases when the air temperature remains below freezing for an extended period of time.

Aqua encourages customers to take steps to prevent costly cleanings and repairs to frozen pipes. Preventive measures you should take before the temperature drops include:

  • Have a supply of heat tape and pipe insulation, as well as a portable space heater and hair dryer.
  • Locate and visibly mark the home’s main water valve. If a pipe breaks, use this valve to shut off the water supply to the home.
  • Make sure the outdoor meter well covers are not damaged or missing.
  • Close and drain all outdoor faucets, including those for lawn irrigation systems.
  • Prevent drafts in unheated areas such as crawl spaces or basements by installing insulation, replacing broken glass, or making other repairs.

Aqua also recommends customers take the following precautions in unheated areas of their home when temperatures drop below freezing:

  • Wrap pipes with insulation or heat tape. Wrap indoor water meters with a blanket. Proper and safe use of portable space heaters can also protect exposed pipes in drafty areas from freezing.
  • If interior plumbing is on an exterior wall, such as a kitchen sink, install heat tape on the pipes that run under the sink. If there are no small children in the house, leave the closet doors open to allow warm air from the house to enter the pipes.
  • When temperatures drop to around 10°F or below, consider running a very thin stream of water continuously from at least one faucet—preferably the one farthest from the gauge—to prevent the pipes from freezing. The cost of additional water usage is much cheaper than the cost of repairing burst pipes.
  • If a pipe actually freezes and you can locate the frozen area, open a faucet and thaw the area using a handheld hair dryer or heat tape. If this does not resolve the problem, contact a licensed plumber.

For more information on protecting against frozen pipes, watch our informative video or contact Aqua Water.

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