Cold Weather Tips to Keep the Water Flowing

Cold Weather Tips to Keep the Water Flowing
 Cold Weather Tips to Keep the Water Flowing
Once in a great while our customers find themselves without water because of frozen
water pipes. Even though you can never anticipate how severe winter might be, there
are some steps you can take now to avoid problems when cold weather strikes.
Around The House
Disconnect and drain outdoor hoses. Disconnecting the hose allows water to drain
from the supply line, preventing an overnight freeze from bursting either the faucet or
the supply line piping.
Insulate pipes or faucets in unheated areas. Be aware that the hot water pipes
generally freeze before pipes that carry cold water. Pipes that tend to be most
susceptible to freezing are those found in the outer walls, in crawl spaces, the attic, or
the garage. Exposed pipes should be insulated with items such as pipe wrap, and foam
jackets. These types of insulating products are available at local building supply stores
or hardware stores. Be sure to follow the manufacturer's instructions carefully to install
these products. An alternative to tape or cable is wrapping pipes with several layers of
newspaper. If you still have questions, call a plumber for help.
If your pipes freeze don't take chances. If you turn on your faucets and nothing
comes out, leave the faucets turned on and call a plumber. If you detect that your water
pipes have frozen and burst, turn off the water at the main shut-off valve in the house;
leave the water faucets turned on.
CAUTION: Never try to thaw a pipe with a torch or other open flame.
Irrigation systems:
For underground irrigation systems:
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Insulate any exposed pipes.
For above-ground irrigation systems:
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Turn off outdoor faucets and disconnect garden hoses.
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If practical, use an indoor valve to shut off and drain water from pipes leading to outside
faucets.
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Insulate outside faucets with a Styrofoam cover, rags, or paper.
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