Aqua PA has sent the Township information to help you prepare for and prevent frozen water pipes inside your homes. Here are some tips and tricks that you can do right now, to avoid the potential of problems as temperatures continue to drop:
- Locate and visibly mark the master valve so you can turn off the water to your home in case a pipe breaks inside your home.
- Make sure the lids on outdoor meter pits are not broken or missing.
- Shut off and drain any outside faucets including those for lawn sprinkling systems.
- Prevent drafts in unheated areas, such as crawl spaces or basements, by replacing broken glass or making other repairs.
It is also advised that you have heat tape, pipe insulation, a portable space heater and a hand-held hair dryer on hand. These items will help when putting the following tips for unheated areas of your homes to use when temperatures drop below freezing:
- Wrap pipes with insulation material or heat tape. Wrap indoor water meters with a blanket. Proper and safe use of portable space heaters can also keep exposed pipes in drafty areas from freezing.
- For interior plumbing located on an outside wall, such as a kitchen sink, install heat tape on the pipes beneath the sink. If no small children are in the house, open cabinet doors beneath the sink to allow the warm air in the home to reach the pipes.
- When temperatures remain near 10°F, you might want to leave a very thin stream of water running continuously from at least one faucet — preferably the one farthest from the meter. The additional cost of the water is cheaper than the cost of repairing ruptured pipes.
- If you locate a frozen area, open a spigot and use a blow dryer or heat tape to thaw the area.
For additional step-by-step tips to keep your household pipes working when the temperature falls and stays below freezing, watch Aqua’s animated video at AquaFrozenTips.com.