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Preventing Frozen Pipes

Frozen Pipe

step one: Locate the pipes around the home that are of high risk for freezing, and be sure to search for exposed pipes that are in the attic or crawl space.

step two: Know where your homeowner’s emergency water shut off valve is located, for emergency purposes.

step three: Insulate your crawl space and attic to prevent cold air from entering the home. Patch up any cracks in the structureÂ’s foundation & be sure to replace all missing or broken roof shingles.

step four: Keep your pipes warm.

  • electrical powered heat tape (read all instruction before applying)
  • heat lamps (that do not cause a fire hazard)
  • wrap the pipes with foam rubber or fiberglass insulation

step five: Once a week air out your pipes under the sink, by opening the cupboards and allowing the heat to enter.

step six: Do not let the house temperature go below 55 degrees. If you are going on a vacation for more than two weeks, during the winter season, make arrangement for a house sitter or winterize your home for the time being.

step seven: Allow outside faucets to drip a little.

If for any reason your pipes get frozen & break or you just want to make sure your home is in good order for the winter, please contact us at Glover Plumbing.

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