Take care to prevent damage before a major freeze occurs! Temperatures that fall below 20 degrees, particularly when accompanied by high winds dramatically increase the possibility of frozen water pipes and the resulting damage from bursting and flooding. It is important to plan ahead and follow some simple guidelines.
Specifically as follows:
- Keep all rooms heated to at least 60 degrees.
- Outside faucets must be covered with foam protectors or wrapped in rags and plastic. Call us if you do not have an adequate supply.
- Hoses MUST be disconnected from outside faucets.
- At least one inside faucet should drip: LUKEWARM water so that both hot and cold water pipes are involved.
- Pipes under kitchen & bathroom sinks are very vulnerable, sink cabinet doors should be left open to allow heat from the residence to enter.
- Outside faucets water should be shut off at the main valve.
- If the break is a hot water pipe, the valve on top of water tank should be closed.
- KNOW THE LOCATION OF ALL WATER SHUTOFF VALVES. If you cannot locate your shutoff valves, call us.
- If a plumber must be called, call us first, unless flooding is occurring!