Frozen Pipes

A Disaster You Want to Avoid!

• Keep your house at a minimum of 65°. The temperature inside walls where
pipes are is substantially colder than the walls themselves.

• If you will be away, ask a neighbor to check the house regularly. If there is a problem
with frozen pipes or water leakage, attending to it quickly could mean far less damage.

• Should you be going away for an extended period of time, have the water system
drained by a professional to keep pipes from freezing or bursting.

• Keep gutters clear so melting snow and ice can flow freely. Ice dams can cause water
to build up and seep into your house.

• Open hot and cold faucets enough to let them drip slowly. Keeping water moving within the pipes will prevent freezing.

• Identify where the main water shutoff in your home is and how it works in case you
have to use it.

• If your garage is attached to your house, keep the garage doors closed. The door leading to the house is probably not as well-insulated as an exterior door.

• If ice forms on tree limbs, watch for dead, damaged or dangerous branches that could break and fall on your home, car, or injure someone walking on your property.

• Close the flue in your fireplace when you’re not using it.

• Homeowners and renters may want to check their insurance policies to make sure they are up to date and covered if damage is caused by frozen or otherwise broken pipes.

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