Prevent Frozen Pipes

Temperatures in New Jersey dropped to the lowest levels for the Garden State in six years. Some New Jersey residents, particularly those who live in older homes, noticed that water did not flow when they turned on the faucet. Water in the pipes had turned to ice. Besides the inconvenience, there is a chance of damage to property if the pipes burst.

Here are some tips to prevent frozen pipes

  • Pipes that have frozen in the past or are near exterior walls are obvious candidates for special attention.
  • Insulate areas where vulnerable pipes are located.
  • When insulation isn’t enough, consider pipe wrappings. Some wrappings are embedded with electrical coils (heat tape) that provide an outside source of heat.
  • During severe cold weather, resist the urge to lower your thermostat to save money while you are gone for the day.
  • Open the doors to kitchen and bathroom cabinets under your sinks so heat from the room will help warm the pipes.
  • During severe cold weather, allow a stream of water to trickle out of faucets attached to vulnerable pipes.
  • Know where your main water emergency shut-off valve is located.

 What to do if a pipe freezes

  • To prevent a frozen pipe from bursting, open the faucet it supplies with water. Then add heat to the area where the pipe is located.
  • Turn off the water supply to that line.
  • If a pipe does burst, immediately turn off the water to your home.
  • Know where your main water emergency shut-off valve is located.
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