Cold Weather Precautions

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Prepare Your Home For Winter Weather

Frozen PipesDuring Cold Weather there are many precautions you can take to prevent frozen pipes.

If you are traveling:

  • Open cabinet doors to expose pipes along outside walls to warmer room temperatures to keep them from freezing.
  • Make arrangements with a friend or neighbor to periodically check on your house to make sure the heat is working.
  • Never turn off your heat or turn the thermostat below 60 degrees.
  • Turn down the temperature on your hot water heater to save energy but do not turn the unit off.
  • Freeze alarms can be purchased for a nominal amount of money. These alarms can call a phone number you pre-select when the inside temperature drops below a determined level.
  • Consider turning off the water to your house at the meter. In Carmel many times the meter is located in a pit by the front sidewalk.

Covered oustide valveEven when you are not traveling it is always prudent to take precautions against freezing.

  • If you have pipes along an outside wall allow a small trickle of water to run at night to keep the pipes from freezing. The cost of the extra water is low compared to a frozen pipe. Keep any cabinet doors open to help in this effort.
  • Know where your main water shut-off valve is. If a pipe freezes or bursts, shut the water off immediately.
  • Keep your garage door closed whenever possible during cold spells.
  • Insulate both hot and cold water pipes in an area that is likely to freeze since hot water pipes have a tendency to freeze first.

Hair dryerIf your pipes do freeze:

  • Turn the water to the house off (usually located in the water meter pit near the front sidewalk)
  • Use a hair dryer, space heater or warm clothes to thaw the frozen pipe. Never use a torch or other open flame to thaw a pipe.
  • Leave a faucet open when thawing a pipe to allow water to come out when the ice melts.
  • Once the pipes have thawed, check for cracks and leaks.

Just a few proactive measures can keep your home safe & dry during the winter months.