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Plumbing Tips: Did Your Pipes Freeze This Winter?

Monday, April 2nd, 2018

Icicles hanging from a brown pipe. Frozen water and metal surface, winter time concept. selective focus shallow depth of field photoHere’s a fairly common winter plumbing problem that homeowners in our area deal with—frozen pipes. We hope that you took some preventive measures to avoid this problem before winter began. For instance, the pipes most vulnerable to freezing are the ones located outside, naturally. So one preventive measure you could have taken was to open any outdoor faucets used for sprinklers or hoses, turning off all water flow to those points. Leaving the faucets open helps water drain from them, preventing the water from freezing and damaging the plumbing.

Of course, there are other pipes in your home that are vulnerable to freezing but have to remain in use throughout the winter—like pipes under your sinks, in crawl spaces, or even in basements. To thoroughly protect these pipes, we recommend insulating them using sleeves you can buy at any hardware store, or even using towels.

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