Help Prevent Frozen Pipes With These Tips

Did you know that even the smallest of crack in a burst pipe, whether the pipe is plastic or metal, can expel hundreds or even thousands of gallons of water in a short period of time?  Which can lead to flooding, major property damage and even mold.    “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure”- Benjamin Franklin.  Performing these steps prior to a deep freeze is key in helping prevent frozen busted pipes.

Locate Your Main Water Shut Off Valve-This first step is key to any situation in your house when it comes to your plumbing.  Make sure several people in your household know where it is and how to shut it off. It could save you $$$$$$.

Exposed Pipes Should Be Insulated-Insulate any exposed exterior pipes or pipes that you have had issues with freezing in the past.

Caulk & Seal Any Air Leaks– Make sure you check around electrical wiring, dryer vents and pipes for gaps and seal any air leaks.

Keep A Faucet Steadily Dripping-As long as temperatures are below 32°F keep a faucet steadily dripping.

Open Cabinet Doors– Keep cabinet doors under sinks open to allow the warm air to get to pipes.  If you have little ones make sure you move any harsh cleaning products to higher surface.

Keep Thermostat No Colder Than 55° F-Keep your thermostat at least 55°F even when you are sleeping or away during harsh temperatures outside.

Keep Your Garage Doors Closed-We have a lot of calls where the bathroom pipes over the garage have frozen and busted.  By keeping garage doors closed it helps keep the temperature in your garage a little warmer and keep out the wind.

Add Emergency Plumbing Service To Your Contact List- Add Emergency Plumbing Service to your contact list in your cellphone or keep our number handy by your landline, 740-548-5453. We are available to service your plumbing issues 24/7.

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