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Posted on: February 8, 2021

Freezing Weather

NRH water tower covered in snow

Follow these suggestions to protect your pipes during freezing weather:

Before Onset of Freezing Weather

  •  Remove, drain, and store hoses used outdoors. Cover outdoor faucets with a Styrofoam cap or faucet sock.
  •  Check water supply lines in unheated areas such as a crawl space, attic or garage. Water pipes in these areas should be insulated. If you find exposed water pipes, consider installing a foam pipe sleeve for insulation.

During Freezing Weather

  • Keep garage doors closed if there are water supply lines in the garage.
  • Open kitchen and bathroom cabinet doors to allow warmer air to circulate around the plumbing.
  • Let cold water drip from a faucet that is served by exposed pipes.
  • If you will be going away during cold weather, leave the heat on in your home, set to a temperature no lower than 55° F.
     

To Thaw Frozen Pipes

  • If you turn on a faucet and only a trickle comes out, suspect a frozen pipe. Likely places for frozen pipes are exterior walls, or where your water service enters your home through the foundation. 
  • Keep the faucet open. As the frozen area begins to melt, water will begin to flow through the frozen area.
  • Apply heat to the section of pipe using an electric heating pad wrapped around the pipe, an electric hair dryer, a portable space heater (kept away from flammable materials), or by wrapping pipes with towels soaked in hot water. Do not use a blowtorch, kerosene or propane heater, charcoal stove, or other open flame device. 
  • Apply heat until full water pressure is restored.
  • If you are unable to locate the frozen area, if the frozen area is not accessible, or the pipe has burst, you should call a licensed plumber.

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