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Prevent Frozen Pipes

Prevent Frozen Pipes

We are in the middle of winter and although it’s been mild, it’s inevitable that we will see
temperatures that may cause pipes to freeze. Make sure to stay prepared in colder temps to
avoid frozen pipes.

Here are some popular questions when it comes to frozen pipes.

How Do I Prevent Frozen Pipes

Learn the location of your home’s water shut-off valve. If a pipe breaks, you’ll need to shut off
the water to your house to minimize damage. In most homes, the valve is in the basement or
crawl space, on a wall facing the street. Be sure everyone in your household knows how to shut
off the water. Also, insulate water pipes that may be exposed to the cold such as those along
exterior walls and in unheated basements.

What Should I Do If I Think My Pipes Are Frozen?

  • When thawing, slower is better. Pipes warmed too fast may break. A hair dryer pointed
    at the frozen area of the pipe is appropriate.
  • Keep Water Running
    It is important to keep one or two faucets running on low to allow water to move
    through the pipes. This will help prevent the pipes from freezing.
  • Allow Circulation
    Open kitchen and bathroom cabinets to allow warmer air for circulation. Start in the
    coolest areas of your home such as your basement and attic to allow warmer air to raise
    the area’s temperature.
  • Add Insulation
    Add extra insulation in cooler areas in your home. Heat tape or Pipe Insulation can be a
    great addition in preventing pipes from freezing and can easily be found at your local
    hardware store.
  • Seal any Leaks That Allow Cold Air In
    Make sure to use caulk or insulation to seal any air leaks around electrical wiring, dryer
    vents, and pipes. Even a small opening can bring in a lot of cold air to cause damage.

Will Pipes Thaw on Their Own?

Technically, they can but the “wait and watch” method is a bit risky. As the ice thaws, any water
caught in between the faucet and the ice can cause pressure within the pipe, which can lead to
pipes bursting.

What Do I Do If My Pipes Burst?

In the event that you do experience burst pipes, JP Maguire and Associates has a 24/7
Emergency Services to start the process of water removal and drying process. Call 877-576-2484
for our emergency line.

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