Do Not Let Freezing Pipes get you down!
By Mathew Erickson, Insurance Advisor
With temperatures going below freezing this week, now is a good time to make sure your water pipes don’t freeze. Here are some tips to make sure your home doesn’t flood with freezing water.
- Disconnect all outside garden hoses and anything attached to an outside faucet if you haven’t already.
- Most outside faucets have an interior shut off valve – turn this interior valve off.
- Keep your house temperature at 68 degrees or higher, even if you are leaving the house for an extended period of time
- Open cabinet doors below sink to allow heat from the home to circulate.
- Identify the location of the main water valve and the valve on your water heater. Contact your insurance agent for an
- identification tag for these valves. ( This may come in handy during an emergency)
- Wrap pipes nearest exterior walls and in crawl spaces with insulation or heating tape. This can prevent freezing for these interior pipes.
- Insulate outside walls and unheated areas of your home.
Monitor freezing pipe conditions:
- Allow a faucet to drip slightly (luke warm water) in order to minimize freezing.
- The first sign of freezing is reduced water flow from faucet.
- Check pipes around your water meter, especially in unheated areas, near exterior walls and crawl spaces.
- Identify cold air drafts coming in from a flue or chimney chase. Caulk any of these gaps, paying extra attention to gaps near pipes.
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