Preventing Frozen Pipes

Temporary Measures

* During extended periods of sub-freezing temperatures, increase thermostat settings to at least 60 deg. F throughout the home to help ensure adequate temperatures are maintained in colder spots.

* Open bathroom or kitchen cabinet doors that run along outside walls so that warmer room air can circulate through them. If you have pets or small children, be mindful of chemicals stored in cabinets.

* To prevent exterior faucets from freezing, shut them off from inside the home and drain the remaining water from the pipes. Exterior irrigation systems should be winterized.

* Still water freezes faster than running water. During periods of low usage and frigid nights, turn on a faucet from the highest point in the home (upstairs bathroom). Keep the water stream low, so that only a small amount can trickle through pipes running through colder spaces.

* If the water meter is operating but your water is not running, you may have a frozen pipe. Once the pipe thaws, it could burst. If you discover a frozen pipe, close the main water shut-off valve and call a plumber immediately.

* If you’re away from home for extended periods of time, turn off the water. This may not prevent frozen pipes, but it can significantly reduce the damage.

Permanent Measures

* Identify where the main water shut-off valve and the valve on the hot water heater are located for quick access in the event of an emergency.

*  Install an automatic water shut-off valve and close it.

* Call an emergency service restoration company to facilitate repairs and start the dry out process.

* Move undamaged items away from the affected area.