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Tips to prevent outside pipes from freezing.

Posted on Friday, December 29, 2017 by The Plumbers Wife

With the continued frigid temperatures,  frost lines may have gone deeper into the ground than usual. As a result, water service pipes that would not normally be at risk for freezing can be vulnerable and residents are advised to keep a very small amount of water running through their water service at all times during the severe weather. This is particularly important for water pipes on exterior walls, but with this season's prolonged cold, it is advised even for properties that do not have water pipes on exterior walls. Additionally, keep cabinet doors that have piping inside open to allow for air circulation. These tips are especially essential if your home has previously experienced frozen pipes.

If a pipe does freeze or burst in your home please don't try to fix the issue yourself unless you have experience with these extreme weather situations. Call our office right a way to schedule a service call.

Here are some tips to keep your outside pipes from freezing:

Carefully check your irrigation system and turn off or adjust run times and spray patterns to avoid creating over spray that could create dangerous ice.

Caulk around pipes where they enter the house and make sure to close all foundation vents. Open vents are the biggest cause for frozen or split water pipes. Once the Spring comes remember to open foundation vents to prevent dry outs.

Disconnect hoses from outside faucets. This prevents water being trapped in them and avoids the possibility of the water freezing. 

Familiarize yourself and anyone living in the home with the main water shut off valve. The valve is usually located about 18" from the foundation located where the water line enters the home.

Protect outside pipe and faucets from freezing temps. For most newer homes, most hose bibs are frost free, meaning the shut off valve is deep inside an insulated wall to prevent freezing. If you are not sure if your hose bib is frost free you should wrap the bib with rags covered in plastic or molded foam insulated covers to wrap the faucets. You can pick up molded foam covers at most plumbing or hardware retail stores. 

Shut off and drain in-ground sprinkler systems, including the Back Flow Prevention device installed on your irrigation system. Some systems require a blow out with a large compressor. If your system needs to be blown out it should be done by a professional, we can help with that!