Protect Your Pipes!!

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Protect Your Pipes!!

ARTIC AIR RETURNING – TAKE MEASURES NOW TO PREVENT FROZEN PIPES

With a forecast of temperatures hovering near zero for the next few nights, we are urging you to take steps now to prevent frozen water and sprinkler pipes.  Please consider the following suggestions:

FOR OUR HOMEOWNER

1. Turn off the water supply to all outdoor faucets, including water supplies to your garage, and remove any hoses connected to those faucets.

2. Keep your garage door closed as much as possible.

3. Raise the temperature a degree or two in your house.

4. Do not allow a programmable thermostat to decrease your temperature overnight during zero or near-zero conditions.

5. Use pipe insulation on any pipe that is accessible in unheated spaces or in an exterior wall.

6. Consider leaving susceptible pipes/faucets dripping overnight.  Running water freezes at a lower temperature than standing water.

7. Leaving kitchen and bathroom cabinet doors below a sink open so warm air can circulate around the water supply pipes.

FOR OUR COMMERCIAL BUILDING

1. Follow all of the applicable steps above.

2. Know where your main sprinkler water valve is and how to use it should a sprinkler pipe burst.

3. Evaluate the temperature difference below and above suspended ceiling tiles. Remove a few tiles overnight to allow warm air to circulate above those tiles should you find the difference substantial.

4. DO NOT ALLOW YOUR COMMERCIAL BUILDING HVAC SYSTEM TO GO INTO SET-BACK MODE OVERNIGHT.  Keep your building warmed to normal daytime settings during zero or near-zero conditions.

Remember, many times a frozen pipe will show no signs of leakage until AFTER it begins to thaw.  Constant vigilance in the days after a sub-zero night is required to make sure that a thawed pipe doesn’t start leaking.  If you suspect that a pipe/sprinkler has frozen, contact a qualified technician immediately.