Chesapeake winters are always unpredictable but I can guarantee there will be more freezing days than I personally prefer to endure. And the Public Utilities Department can guarantee that no matter how bad the 2019 winter is, there will be frozen pipes. Avoid the mess and the hefty price tag for pipe repairs with these simple tips.
- Disconnect all garden hoses from the faucets on the outside of your home. Then, cover or wrap those outdoor faucets and keep the covering dry.
- Insulate your pipes and replace any wet insulation.
- When freezing temperatures are predicted, drip both the hot and cold water of your faucets and leave your cabinet doors open under the sink so that room heat can reach the pipes.
- If a pipe in your house ends up freezing after all, turn off your water at the shut-off valve (pro tip: find out where this is located before you need to know where it’s located!) Call Public Utilities to cut your water off at the meter. And never try to thaw frozen pipes with an open flame!
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