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Posted on: December 19, 2022

[ARCHIVED] Tips for Avoiding Frozen Pipes

Leaky Pipe

With frigid temperatures arriving, extra attention should be paid to pipes to avoid costly problems.

Here are a few reminders:

Prevent Frozen Pipes

  • Open cabinet doors under sinks to allow warmer air to circulate.
  • Don’t set your thermostat lower than 55 degrees.
  • Disconnect the garden hose. Turn off the indoor valve and drain the water to outdoor faucets.
  • Insulate water lines inside your house. Use preformed foam tubes, weatherproof insulation, or heat tape. Focus on water lines near exterior walls or in unheated areas.
  • If you’ll be away for a few days, turn off the water supply at the meter.
  • Temperatures Below Zero: Let a thin stream of water flow. Note that you will be charged for the water consumption; but consider the cost of water damage repair vs. cost of usage.

Thaw Frozen Pipes

  • If some faucets and appliances are dry and others still work, a water line is frozen inside the building. Run a damp rag along exposed water pipes. Likely areas are near exterior walls or in unheated areas. Your ice plug is where you see the frost appear.
  • Thaw the pipe out slowly using a hair dryer
  • Don’t thaw the pipe with an open flame or torch
  • Be extremely careful of electric shock in areas of standing water

For more information, visit https://www.cranberrytownship.org/3145/Monitor-Water-Use.

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