Keep the cold from causing problems to your water lines
Cold weather is a fact of life in Kansas. If you don’t take the proper precautions, it can cause your water pipes to freeze, or even worse, burst. Here are a few simple things you can do to help protect your water lines and save yourself from the damage and costly repair of a burst water pipe when the temperature outside plummets.
Preventing Frozen Pipes
When extreme cold is in the forecast, remember to:
- Let your faucets drip (put a pitcher in the sink to capture the water and use it to water plants, for drinking, etc.)
- Fix any drafty doors and windows, insulate walls and exposed pipes and close off crawl spaces near water lines
- Open cabinet doors to expose pipes to warmer room temperature air
- Know where your main water shut off valve is in case of a frozen or burst pipe
- Keep your thermostat at a consistent temperature, day and night
- Disconnect outside hoses and insulate outdoor faucets
- If you are going to be away from home for awhile, set your thermostat no lower than 55°F
If your pipes freeze
With these easy tips, you can rest easier about your water lines during extreme cold weather.
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