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Frozen Pipe Prevention Tips
Release Date: January 18, 2016

Frozen Pipe Prevention Tips

How to Prevent Frozen Pipes
• Pipes that have frozen in the past or near exterior walls are obvious candidates for special attention.
• Insulate areas where vulnerable pipes are located.
• When insulation isn't enough, consider pipe wrappings embedded with electrical coils (heat tape) that provide an outside source of heat.
• Remove hoses from outside faucets. The faucets can't drain properly with a hose attached and will freeze and break if the hose is left attached.
• During severe cold weather, resist the urge to lower your thermostat to save money while you are gone for the day.
• Open the doors to kitchen and bathroom cabinets under your sinks so heat from the room will help warm the pipes.
• Running water does not freeze very readily. During severe cold weather, keep a stream of water trickling out of faucets or spouts attached to vulnerable pipes.
• If you have a sprinkler system, drain all outdoor pipes and turn off the water supply to the system.
• Know where your main water emergency shut-off valve is located.
• To prevent a frozen pipe from bursting, open the faucet it supplies with water. Then add heat to the area where the pipe is located.
What To Do If A Pipe Freezes
• Turn off the water supply to that line.
• If a pipe does burst, immediately turn off the water to your home.
• Know where your main water emergency shut-off valve is located.

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