• Tips of the Trade

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    During Cold Weather, Take Preventative Action to Prevent Frozen Pipes from Bursting  

    • Keep garage doors closed if there are water supply lines in the garage.
    • Open kitchen and bathroom cabinet doors to allow warmer air to circulate around the plumbing. 
    • When the weather is very cold outside, let the cold water drip from the faucet served by exposed pipes. Running water through the pipe - even at a trickle - helps prevent pipes from freezing.
    • Keep the thermostat set tot he same temperature both during the day and at night. By temporarily suspending the use of lower nighttime temperatures., you may incur a higher heating bill, but you can prevent a much more costly repair job if pipes free and burst. 

    To Thaw Frozen Pipes 

    • If you turn on a faucet and only a trickle comes put, suspect a frozen pipe. Likely places for frozen pipes include against exterior walls or where your water service enters your home through the foundation. 
    • Keep the faucet open. As you treat the frozen pipe and the frozen area begins to melt, water will begin to flow through the frozen area. Running water through the pipe will help melt ice in the pipe.
    • Apply heat to the section of pipe using an electric heating pad wrapped around the pipe, an electric hair dryer, a portable space heater (kept away from flammable materials). Do not use a blowtorch, kerosene or propane heater, charcoal stove, or other open flame device. 
    • Apply heat until full water pressure is restored. If you are unable to locate the frozen area, if the frozen area is not accessible, or if you can not thaw the pipe, call a licensed plumber. 
    • Check all other faucets in your home to find out if you have additional frozen pipes. If one pipe freezes, others may have too.

    Future Protection

    • Consider relocating exposed pipes to provide increased protection from freezing.
    • Add inslulation to attics, basements and crawl spaces. Insulation will maintain higher temperatures in these areas.

     

    For more information, please contact us at ProResults Plumbing. 

     

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    Inform your household members of the location of your water shut off in case of emergency. 

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    Going away on vacation to escape the cold? Make sure to shut your main water valve off to avoid a disaster.

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    Changing your toilet to an eco-friendly product could save you money.

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    When using your garburator make sure you run plenty of water before and after to avoid blockages. 

     

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