Areas in red will be below 32 degrees Tuesday morning January 6, 2014. The country will basically be an ice cube. Coldest winter outbreak since 1996.
|Map as of 01/06/14|
- Know Where Your Water Main Shut-Off Valve Is Located
This is a very important need to know that if you do not know where it is now you need to locate it and ensure it can easily be turned off. The sooner you can shut off the water in an emergency, the less it will cost you in damages later. The two most common types of shut-off valves are:
Not Only should you know where your main is located, you want to check to see if it functions well; that is, turns on and off with ease. If it does not, then you will want to call a plumber to replace it or do it yourself. As such, if your your home has the older gate-style valve, it will be worth the investment ($250.00 - $400.00) to have it replaced with the more reliable ball valve.
- Preventing Frozen Water Pipes
- Let the Water Slowly Drip
|This is the old school way and best prevention to avoid having a frozen water pipe in your home when the temperature drops down low. You should not have to let all your faucets drip, only the ones that are prone to or possibly may freeze.|
You can purchase pipe insulation that is especially made for water pipes. This type of foam insulation is inexpensive and readily available at your local home center or hardware store. It comes in lengths and rolls as well. The lengths are round and they have a slit on the side so they can be cut down to size and slid over the pipe. One type has an adhesive edge that you can simply pull off the protective strip and squeeze the seams together, making it a seamless instillation.
3. Install Heat Tape on Exposed Pipes
This product is also readily available, but much more expensive. It also takes much longer to install. However, in some situations it is the only choice. I am not a huge fan of heat tape.
4. Leave Cabinet Doors Open
Try to leave the cabinet doors open under bathroom vanitys and kitchen sinks to allow the heat to reach the pipes.
- Why Freezing Pipes Burst
The damage from a bursting pipe is one of the most common home owners insurance claims. With an average claim cost of about $5,000.00.
- Identifying Freezing Pipes
If your faucets are running slow or won't flow and/or your toilets won't refill following a flush. that's a good sign your pipes are frozen.
- How To Thaw A Frozen Pipe
Using a heat gun, hair dryer or space heater slowly thaw the length of frozen pipe.
If you do not have any real plumbing experience I recommend that you call a professional plumber. Doing it your self can also be done by using new readily available quick connect fittings such as Shark Bite http://www.sharkbite.com/or the equivalent. A simple tube cutter can cut the section of damaged pipe out and then you can quickly snap on the quick connect fittings.
- What To Do If A Pipe Bursts
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Thank you "Scott Binsack"