As the cold weather approaches, it’s important to take steps to protect your pipes from freezing. Not only can frozen pipes leave you without water, but the pipes may burst and cause damage to your home and property.
Here are some tips to help you prepare your pipes for the cold weather ahead.
- It is important that you know the location of the main water shut-off valve in the event of a break.
- Turn off the outdoor water supply and drain taps before the first freeze.
- Insulate pipes that are susceptible to freezing, especially those outdoors, near outer walls and in crawl spaces. Pipes can be insulated by using foam pipe covers available for purchase at home building supply stores.
- During extremely cold weather, let water trickle (just a thin stream) from the taps as water movement may help prevent pipes from freezing.
If frozen pipes are a reoccurring issue for you, you may want to hire a plumber to investigate whether there may be some underlying issue.
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