December 20, 2022

Protect your Pipes in the cold weather ahead

Mary Apel

Extreme cold temperatures will be hitting the area at times this week, and perhaps into the following week, so as you prepare to bundle yourself up, be sure you’ve taken care of your pipes as well! Frozen pipes can leave you without water, and cost a lot to repair. Here are a few precautionary steps you can take to save both your budget and your peace of mind over the holidays.

Before the cold sets in, be sure you know how to shut off your water. Check sprinkler or irrigation systems and make sure everything is turned off and drained. You can wrap your pipes in insulation if they are exposed or near cold air.

When the temperature is staying below freezing, keep some water moving through the pipes by allowing a small trickle of water to run. If you have pipes under a cabinet or vanity, open the doors to let warmer room temperatures flow in.

If your pipes do freeze, shut off the water immediately. Thaw pipes with warm air, like a space heater or even a hair dryer. Do not leave these unattended or use kerosene/open flame heaters. Be careful turning your water back on. Once pipes are thawed, slowly turn the water back on and check pipes and joints for any cracks.

Pipes are only one of the “Four P’s” we are encouraged to look out for during extreme cold snaps. Don’t forget to check on your Plants, Pets, and People too!

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