Prevent Frozen Pipes

Posted on Dec 22, 2022 in GeneralInfo, News, Slider

Prevent Frozen Pipes

With the cold temperatures predicted to hit our area, we would like to share some tips to prevent frozen pipes.

Insulate exposed pipes and enclose crawl spaces. Disconnect and drain garden hoses. Leave a pencil-lead-thin stream of water flowing from faucets.

10 gallons of water costs less than 10 cents, but repairing a leak or the damage could cost thousands.

Locate your water shut off valve incase you have a water line break.

If you have frozen pipes

You can try these steps.

Turn on the faucet. As you heat the frozen pipe, the ice plug begins to melt and you want the water to be able to flow through. Running water through the pipe, even cold water, will help melt the ice in the pipe.

Apply heat to the section of pipe. You can use and electric heating pad or hair dryer. A space heater can be used, but ensure there are no flammable materials near. You can also wrap the frozen pipe with towels soaked in hot water.

Continue to apply heat until you have full water pressure restored.
If a pipe has broken, turn the water off at the shut off valve near the water meter.