How to Prepare & Check for Frozen Pipes
Preparation & Protect
-Be sure to insulate all accessible pipes. Reach out to your local hardware store for recommendations on what insulation is appropriate for your home and the colder temperatures.
-Use a sealant or caulk to seal up any cracks and holes on your homes outside walls.
-Let your faucet drip cold water. This allows for continuous movement which relieves pressure on the pipes.
-Keep all doors and garage doors closed, especially if there a known water supply line inside.
How to Check
You can check the status of your pipes by turning on the faucet. It the water flow is only a trickle of water or even nothing coming out at all, then you suspect a frozen pipe. Typically, the freezing occurs near an exterior wall or where the water supply enters the home. Try leaving the faucet on and use a blow dryer to help heat the pipe until there’s a steady flow of water. We advise to call a plumber if you are uncomfortable doing this or if the issue continues to present itself.
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