Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Keep Household Pipes from Freezing

Set your house faucets to drip just a little to keep water moving through your household pipes and not freeze up. Wrap exposed pipes with insulation.

Turn off the valves to your outside faucets and drain any water in the faucet. Pack insulation around the faucet and then tie a plastic bag over it to hold the insulation in place.

Close all the air vents in the foundation wall of your crawl space under the house. If your pipes freeze, use a hair dryer to thaw them, not a blow torch!

Do you know where your main water cut-off valve is in your house? Find it, mark it, tell all family members how to cut off the water. If a water pipe breaks in your house, you want to be able to turn off the water as quickly as possible.

If you're going out of town during cold weather, turn off the water service to the entire house and drain the pipes so you don't come home to an unpleasant surprise!

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