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Tips to Prevent Frozen Pipes

1/21/2022 (Permalink)

A copper pipe with a crack in it spewing water Do not let your pipes freeze causing them to burst and flood your property!

Last weekend’s weather brought frigid temperatures well below freezing for 40+ hours straight, causing pipes to freeze. We have been providing emergency response to homes in the Waltham, Lexington, and Somerville areas. As we enter another weekend of severe cold I thought it would be helpful to publish some tips about keeping your pipes from freezing. 

  • Drain water from your swimming pool and sprinkler supply lines.
  • Drain water hoses and store them inside. Close valves inside supplying water to your spigot and drain the remaining water. 
  • Add insulation to attics, basements, and crawl spaces.
  • Survey your property for any water lines that are not insulated like in the garage or under kitchen cabinets and insulate pipes as needed. 
  • Consider relocating uninsulated pipes altogether. 
  • Keep your garage door closed if there are water supply lines in it.
  • Open kitchen and bathroom cabinets to allow warm air to circulate in them.
  • During severe cold - let water taps drip to keep water flowing. 
  • Do not lower your thermostat at night.
  • Do not turn off your heat if you are going to be away from your property.

If you experience a frozen pipe that bursts at your residential or commercial property, call us immediately. We have crews standing by 24/7 to respond to emergencies and we will work directly with your insurance company. 

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