Winter Tips for Your Pipes

Dripping SinkWith colder temperatures upon us, now is a good time to ensure that your water pipes are properly prepared for winter.

When do pipes freeze?
Un-insulated pipes are at risk of freezing when temperatures reach 20 degrees F and below. Additionally, some pipes that are exposed to flowing air are vulnerable at lower temperatures. The freezing of pipes is due to the loss of heat from the pipe to the subfreezing air around it. To stop freezing from occurring, you have to stop the transfer of heat.

How to prevent frozen pipes:
• Seal all openings where cold air may get into pipes
• Remove all outside garden hoses from faucets
• Leave cabinet doors in kitchen and bathrooms open to allow warmer air to circulate around pipes
• Allow a small stream of water, about the size of a pencil lead, to run from one of the outdoor faucets
• If the home or business is not well insulated, consider allowing a stream of water to run from an interior faucet

I think my pipes may have frozen, now what?
If you suspect your pipes are frozen, call a plumber. If you actually have a pipe burst, first look for the hand gate valve and turn it off. It’s usually located between the meter and the outside wall of your home. Call us immediately at 800-854-4534 to mitigate any further damage to your property.