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Tips for Preventing Frozen Pipes

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  • Insulate any pipes in your home’s crawl space, attic and outside walls. Pipes in homes without adequate insulation are very susceptible to freezing when the temperature drops below 20 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Seal all leaks that may allow cold air inside where pipes are located.
  • Check for air leaks around pipes, electrical wiring, and dryer vents. Even a tiny opening can let in enough cold air to cause a pipe to freeze.
  • Disconnect garden hoses, shut off the indoor valve and drain water from pipes leading to outside faucets.
  • Set your thermostat at 55 degrees, and no lower. A lower setting may keep the air near the thermostat sufficiently warm but leave air cold where pipes are found – along windows, outside walls and under cabinets.
  • If you are going to be away, it is recommended that you keep an eye on your property to make sure the temperature is maintained and no power failures have occurred. You could ask a neighbor or relative to do this or for the ultimate peace of mind, simply install a Freeze Alarm. http://www.protectedhome.com/freeze-alarms-c-16-l-en.html It will electronically monitor your property’s temperature and power status automatically calling you or a designated caretaker should the temperature drop below acceptable levels.
  • Should you detect a frozen pipe, turn off the main shut off valve and turn the faucet “on” to prevent pressure build-up. Then, gradually warm the pipe with a hair dryer starting nearest the faucet and working towards the coldest section of the pipe.

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