Prevent your Pipes from Freezing

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Prevent your Pipes from Freezing

Temperatures are getting ready to drop below the freezing point in our Sacramento and Foothill communities. Prevent freezing and subsequent bursting of pipes by following the suggestions below.

You should have all exposed pipes covered with foam insulation, especially those pipes in crawlspaces or attics. Pipe insulation can be picked up at your local hardware store or box store. This provides you very affordable security.

For outside hose-bibs always disconnect any garden hoses before the cold hits. Hose-bib cocoons are insulated shells that in-case the outside hose-bib and do the job. Installing a freeze proof hose-bib assembly is a more effective option, but probably better left to the plumbing professional.

If you have to leave, set the thermostat no lower than 55 degrees & notify your neighbors to keep a look out for your house.

Finally, new technology offers many options for automatic emergency shut offs & leak alarms, which can save you thousands of dollars and major headaches.

Preventive maintenance is always the best measure. But it’s not too late! Here’s how to keep your pipes from freezing:

  • Keep a trickle of water running from the faucets.
  • Wrap un-insulated pipes with newspapers, foam pipe insulation, or self-adhesive insulating tape.
  • Below sinks, keep cabinets open so heat can reach the pipes and unexposed pipes in the wall.
  • Make sure to keep doors ajar between heated and unheated rooms.
  • When the severe cold snap hits and some or none of these things have not been done, don’t panic. Even if the pipes do freeze, you can thaw them before they burst if you act quickly.
  • Beam a heat lamp or small heater at exposed pipes (hair dryers work well too).Set up lights in crawl spaces and attics, the light will provide a certain amount of heat to pipes.
  • Make sure all members of the household know where the emergency shut off for the water is.

By taking these precautions your home will be ready to withstand the cold. Remember if you have a plumbing emergency, Crystal Blue Plumbing, Heating & Air is available 24 hrs 7 days a week! Call us anytime at (916)-577-5020.

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