This winter CT is taking a beating. Many of us are feeling weary from the cold and constant snow fall. It has been a challenge for many home owners to keep up with all of the snow and ice on roofs presenting ice dam issues and injuries. Another common weather related homeowner’s challenge is preventing frozen pipes. Here is what you can do to prevent a frozen pipe/thawing dilemma.
Drain water from outside lines. For example your swimming pool or sprinkler system.
Remove and store hoses used outdoors. Close inside valves supplying outdoor hose bibs, keep the outside valves open so that any water remaining in the pipes can expand without bursting the pipe.
Check your house for other areas that water supply lines are located in unheated areas. Attics, garages and under kitchen sinks are common areas. Both hot and cold lines should then be insulated.
Keep your garage doors shut if there are water supply lines within.
Open the cabinets where water lines are to allow warm air to circulate.
Let your faucets trickle.
If you are going away during cold weather keep the thermostat up above 55 degrees F.
Use this information to help protect your home from frozen pipes. Brought to you by The Insurance Store of Connecticut. 303 East Center St. Manchester, CT 860-645-1960