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Keep your Pipes from Freezing this Winter

As the temperatures drop the risk for frozen pipes increases. Here are some tips prevent problems.

Keep your thermostat at 55 degrees or above. Even when you are away.

Keep doors and windows closed and well insulated.

Caulk cracks to prevent cold air from entering your home.

Remove hoses and shut spigots from inside and drain if possible.

Use pipe insulation wherever possible.

During extreme temperatures run a trickle of water from your hot and cold faucets. The cost of the water is much less expensive that repairing broken pipes.

Open cabinet doors to circulate warmer room air around pipes.

Always keep your main service line shutoff valve clear and accessible. You may need to quickly shut the water of to minimize damage from burst piping.

When thawing frozen lines never use open flame. Carefully us a hair dryer on the lowest setting and DO NOT get it wet.

An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Take the time now before you have problems later.

Stay safe and warm this winter season.