When temperatures plunge to below freezing we want to help you avoid any inconvenience from frozen pipes. Here are some easy steps you can take to prevent pipes from freezing:
1. Make sure you have changed your furnace filter, thermostat batteries, and batteries in your smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors. Test the furnace if you have not already.
2. Be sure you have disconnected all hoses from outdoor spigots!!!!
3. Open cabinet doors under sinks to allow warm air to circulate underneath. Sinks under windows (or any that are against walls that are exterior to the home) are particularly susceptible to freezing. If you have a water heater that is in an exterior closet, consider putting a lamp or space heater on a low setting in that closet.
4. Turn on water faucets to a slow trickle (fast drip or slow steady stream). Flowing water relieves water pressure and makes it is less likely to freeze.
5. If you are going to be gone any time there are predicted lows near, at, or below zero, please set the thermostat to no lower than 55ºF and have someone (friend, neighbor, or family member) check the property daily to be sure that the furnace remains operational. Turn off the main water shutoff (usually located near the mechanicals … furnace/water heater).
If your pipes do freeze, turn off the main water shutoff off and open up water valves on all fixtures on the lower level of the home to relieve the water pressure. DO NOT try to thaw with a torch or hair dryer. A space heater on a low to moderate setting or even a lamp can provide enough heat in that enclosed space to keep the pipes from freezing.
A little prevention can go a long ways. To avoid the large amount of inconvenience caused by frozen pipes, please take a few minutes to ensure your living environment is prepared.