Water bursting out of a frozen copper water pipe

Prevent Frozen Pipes & Water Damage

Each year more than 225,000 homes are damaged by water pipes that freeze and burst. A burst water pipe can cause thousands of dollars in damage to your home, furnishings, important papers, photographs, and family heirlooms. A small crack in a water pipe can spew 250 gallons of water a day into your home. Don’t let this happen to you! 

How To Prevent Frozen Water Pipes:

» Insulate pipes in crawl spaces, attics and basements that are exposed to the cold. More insulation means more protection.
» Keep your kitchen and bathroom cabinet doors open during cold spells to allow warm air to circulate around pipes.
» Heat tape or thermostat-controlled heat cables can be used to wrap pipes. » If you have faucets connected to pipes that run through unheated or unprotected spaces, keep slow trickles of water flowing.
» Always use products according to manufacturer's instructions. Do not use interior-use products on the exterior. » Remove and drain garden hoses. If the hose water-supply line has a shut-off valve inside the house, shut that off and drain it prior to removing the hose.
» Seal all cracks and holes in outside walls and foundations near water pipes that allow cold air in, especially around electrical wiring, dryer vents and windows.
» If your house will be unattended for any extended periods of time during the cold weather, drain the water from all water lines and pipes in your home. 

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