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: Insulate any exposed pipes. For above-ground irrigation systems: Turn off outdoor faucets and disconnect garden hoses. If practical, use an indoor valve to shut off and drain water from pipes leading to outside faucets. Insulate outside faucets with a Styrofoam cover, rags, or paper.
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