Cold snap brings reminder of steps to avoid frozen pipes and costly repair bills

(WOWK) – With lows dropping into the 20 degree range overnight and even colder in some areas, it’s time to remember strategies that can save you hundreds of dollars from damage from frozen pipe .

Avoid frozen pipes during the cold season to save on repair costs

An American Water Company commemorative publication gives people lots of ideas. All of the bulleted tips below are from American Water.

First, know how your water supply is set up in your home.

  • Check the sprinkler or irrigation systems. Make sure you’ve turned everything off and drained the systems completely.
  • Identify the freezing points of your home. Check your home for pipes in areas where there is a risk of freezing, such as B. in crawl spaces, unheated rooms, basements, garages and outside walls.
  • Know the location of the main water shut-off valve. If a pipe freezes or bursts, turn off the water immediately.
  • Protect your pipes and water meters. Customers are encouraged to wrap insulation around exposed pipes. For external measuring devices, keep the cover of the measuring pit firmly closed.

Then, when air temperatures drop well below freezing, take steps around your home to reduce the risk of pipes freezing:

  • Run the water. Run a small trickle of water overnight to prevent the pipes from freezing. Collect the water for later use, e.g. B. for watering house plants and more. The cost of a short-term trickle is much less than repairing a burst pipe.
  • Open the cabinet doors to reveal the pipes. Opening the cabinet doors exposes pipes to warmer room temperatures.

If the pipes freeze, immediately turn off the water supply. Then you can apply heat.

Apply heat to the frozen pipe by warming the air around it. Customers can use a hairdryer, space heater, or hot water. Space heaters should not be left unattended and customers should avoid using kerosene heaters or open flames.

Knowing and reviewing these steps, or having someone else check your water supply while you are away, can save you a lot of money by avoiding a large repair and cleaning bill.

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