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Tuesday, November 11, 2014
Protecting Your Pipes From Freezing

frozen pipeLast winter was a tough one for the community with near record breaking temperatures.  This colder weather caused many home owners, business owners, and even Columbus Water Works the pain of repairing frozen water pipes. 

This year, we want to help the community prepare for the upcoming winter season and avoid the trouble of frozen water lines.  This blog contains some Do-It-Yourself tips that only require a small amount of money and a little bit of time.  If these steps are taken before the cold temperatures hit, they can prevent pipes from freezing.

The best way to prevent the frustrating and costly experience of frozen water pipes is to address the potential problem before cold weather hits.

  • Locate your shut-off valve and be sure it is working properly in case you experience a burst pipe and need to cut it off in a hurry.

  • Close, seal, and/or insulate crawl space and attic space openings.  These are the most vulnerable pipes during cold weather.  The local hardware store will have insulation materials.

  • Open kitchen and bathroom cabinets to allow warmer air to circulate around the plumbing.  Be sure to remove any harmful cleaners and household chemicals up out of reach of children.

  • Consider using an outdoor faucet cover.  It will both protect the spout and the water lines providing water for your outdoor use.

  • Have your irrigation system serviced for the fall to winterize your sprinklers so they will be safe and ready to use again in the spring.  This includes turning off your system and blowing excess water out of your sprinklers.  Your system is now dry and won’t freeze in the harsh winters.

  • When the temperature drops below 25°F outside, let water drip at a very slow rate from your faucet overnight.

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