Feel the crisp cold air? We have been below freezing here in Ohio for the past two days. Wondering how to best take care of your pipes in this weather to avoid a freeze? Here are some helpful tips.
Make sure you know where the water shut off valve is in your home and it is easily accessible. Open the cabinets under the sinks in your kitchen and bathrooms to allow heated air to circulate around the pipes. Maintain the heat in your home, especially if you will be gone for the day or away for long periods of time. Let your indoor faucets drip, but don’t run a heavy stream of water.
Protect faucets, outdoor pipes and pipes in unheated areas by wrapping them with rags, newspapers, trash bags, plastic foam or covers designed to protect outdoor faucets from freezing. Insulate your outdoor water meter box and be sure the lid is on tight. Cover any vents around your home’s foundation. Drain water sprinkler lines and swimming pool circulation systems.
If you have a frozen pipe that bursts and floods your home, turn the water off at the shut off valve. Call a plumber for help if you can’t reach the valve or stop the leak. Don’t turn the water back on until the pipe has been repaired. Contact a restoration company to help clean up the water and alleviate further damage.