How to Prevent Your Pipes from Freezing

Yesterday saw the coldest New Year’s Day ever in Syracuse with temperatures dropping to -13 degrees. These trends will only continue as this upcoming weekend in Syracuse will see some more blistering cold and negative temperatures.  With all this madness, it is important to make sure your pipes don’t freeze.  Here are a few tips on how to protect against frozen pipes.

-Drain water from swimming pool and water sprinkler supply lines. DO NOT put antifreeze in these lines, as it is harmful to the environment and humans.

-Add insulation to attics and crawl spaces.

-Remove, drain and store hoses used outdoors and close inside valves supplying outdoor hose bibs.  Open the outside hose bibs so water can drain, and keep the outside valve open so that water in the pipe can expand without bursting it.

-Make sure garage doors are closed.

-Open kitchen and bathroom doors to allow warm air to circulate.

-When the weather is very cold, allow cold water to drip from a faucet served by exposed pipes.

-Apply heat to frozen section of pipe with electric heating pad.

For more tips from the American Red Cross click here – http://www.redcross.org/get-help/how-to-prepare-for-emergencies/types-of-emergencies/winter-storm/frozen-pipes

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