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Cold weather tips to keep pipes safe - thepaper24-7.com

Posted by [email protected] on January 11, 2016 at 1:55 PM
Winter finally feels like it has arrived. According to crawfrodsvilleweather.com, it is going to stay cold for at least the next several days. Indiana American Water would like to remind homeowners to be prepared for freezing winter temperatures and act to prevent costly plumbing repairs.

"During winter weather, water pipes need special care to keep them from freezing," said Indiana American Water President Deron Allen. "Weatherproofing your home against the cold will not only lower your energy bills in the winter, but it will also help protect your indoor plumbing against the threat of breaks."

Indiana American Water encourages its customers to take the following precautions to reduce the risk of freezing pipes that can burst.

Know the location of your main water shut-off valve. If a pipe freezes or bursts, shut the water off immediately. The main water valve is usually located along a basement wall next to the water meter or where the water supply enters the building. Know the areas in your home where water pipes are most vulnerable to freezing crawl spaces, outside walls, outside faucets, unheated rooms, basements, garages or attics. Eliminate sources of cold air near water lines. Make your basement airtight by repairing broken windows, insulating walls and closing off crawl space vents and doors. Protect your pipes. Wrap exposed water pipes with insulation or UL-listed heat tape. Newspaper or fabric may also work as temporary measures.Drain water lines to outside faucets. Disconnect garden hoses and, if practical, use an indoor valve to shut off and drain water from pipes leading to outside faucets.Keep your thermostat at 55 degrees or higher. If you plan to be away for an extended period of time, battery-operated freeze alarms are available for less than $100 that dial a user-selected phone number if the inside temperature drops below 45 degrees. This and the help of a neighbor or family member to check the house regularly can be very effective in avoiding damage.

When Temperatures fall below zero:

Allow a small trickle of water to run overnight to keep pipes from freezing. The cost of the extra water is low compared to the cost to repair a broken pipe. Open cabinet doors to expose pipes to warmer room temperatures.

If you pipes freeze:

Shut off the water immediately. Dont attempt to thaw frozen pipes unless the water is shut off. Freezing can often cause unseen cracks in pipes or joints that will leak when thawed. Apply heat to the frozen pipe by warming the air around it, or by applying heat directly to the pipe. You can use a hair dryer, space heater, or hot water. Be sure not to leave space heaters unattended and avoid the use of kerosene heaters or open flames. Once the pipes have thawed, turn the water back on slowly and check for cracks and leaks.

More cold weather tips can be found on our at: http://www.amwater.com/files/WinterWeather_INFOGRAPHICv2.pdf .

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