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Prevent Your Pipes from Freezing

By January 26, 2018Personal Insurance

It’s still winter, and we have some more cold days and nights ahead, according to this year’s groundhog prediction!  Here’s some tips to keep things flowing in your home:

Prevent Your Pipes From Freezing

  • Open cabinet doors below sinks to allow heat from the home to circulate.
  • Disconnect all gardening hoses and install covers on all outside faucets.
  • Wrap pipes nearest exterior walls and in crawl spaces with pipe insulation or with heating tape.  This can prevent freezing, especially for interior pipes that run along outside walls.
  • Close all windows near water pipes; cover or close open-air vents. Freezing temperatures combined with wind drafts can cause pipes to freeze more frequently.

If a Pipe Freezes

  • If a faucet or pipe inside your house freezes, you can thaw it using a good hair dryer. (For safety purposes, avoid operating a hair dryer around standing water.)
  • To thaw a frozen pipe, heat water on the stove, soak towels in the hot water and wrap them around cold sections of the pipes.
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