Avoid Frozen Pipes This Winter
As Connecticut goes through spells of extreme cold like the one we experienced last week, pipes are prone to freezing. Keep the temperature in your house above 65 and check the indoor temperature twice daily, once in the morning and once at night. Waiting 24 hours between checks in extreme temperatures may not be sufficient.
The American Red Cross has offered the following tips to avoid frozen pipes:
- Drain water from pipes that you don’t use during the winter – Leaving water in pipes that lead to your swimming pool or sprinklers often leads to frozen pipes.
- Insulate your pipes – Pipe insulation can keep the pipes in the unheated areas of your home, such as the basement, crawl space, attic or garage, from getting cold enough to allow the water to freeze.
- Close your garage door - Keep your garage door closed if there are water supply lines in the garage.
- Open kitchen and bathroom cabinets – This will allow heated air to reach the pipes leading to the sink.
- Let water drip – In extreme cold temperatures, even a slight flow of water through a pipe can prevent it from freezing.
- Keep your home warm – Do not set your thermostat below 65 degrees, even if you are out for the day or on a vacation.
Contact us if you think you have a frozen pipe. Do not attempt to thaw pipes with a torch or open flame.