Cold Temps Bring Frozen Pipes
With the record breaking cold temperatures, it's important to watch for and prevent frozen water pipes! If you have any pipes on outside walls or underneath your home that aren't insulated properly, chances are they are going to freeze with these crazy temps.
Here are some NPH Tips to avoid frozen water pipes:
1. If pipes are located under a cupboard on an outside wall, leave the cupboard door open to allow heat to access those pipes. If you have small children, please remove harmful cleaners and other chemicals that they would have access to.
2. Hot water pipes are the first to freeze. If you suspect that your pipes are at risk, leave your faucet on at a slight trickle (both hot and cold) to let water continue to flow through your pipes. A little higher water bill is better than frozen pipes.
3. Be sure to check every plumbing fixture in your home to be sure that hot and cold water is flowing freely through each one.
4. If you have your thermostat programmed to a lower temperature at a certain time, lock your temperature at a higher setting for both day and night. It's difficult for your heating equipment to catch up when the temps are so extreme.
5. Keep your garage door closed, especially if you have water supply lines running throughout the garage.
6. If you suspect frozen and broken pipes, shut off your main water supply and leave your fixtures open immediately and call a professional as soon as you can.
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