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Preventing Frozen Pipes

1/28/2016 (Permalink)

Water expands when it freezes, when this happens it can burst your pipes.  This does not occur where the ice is forming, but the ice forming increases water pressure elsewhere in the pipe, usually between the faucet and the ice build up.  Therefore you need to protect your entire system.  Here are a few tips to help prevent frozen bursting pipes.

> drain water from outdoor hoses and close off valves to outdoor faucets.

> Insulate pipes in unheated areas.

> Open cabinate doors to allow heat to reach pipes under the sink.

> If you will be away from home, keep the thermostat no lower than 55F.  AND have a neighbor check your house.

> Let water trickle when the temperature is very cold.  This will relieve pressure inside the pipes.

> If you suspect a pipe is frozen, warm the air with a hair dryer.  NEVER TRY TO THAW A FROZEN PIPE WITH AN OPEN FLAME.

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