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Protect Your Plumbing from Freezing Weather

January 6, 2014

NEWS

For more information contact:

Dionna Ebeling, 843-870-4364

Nicole Bates, 843-814-2076

 

Protect Your Plumbing from Freezing Weather

Important Steps Before the Temperature Drops

Mount Pleasant, S.C.  - - January 6, 2014- - Local residents are urged to implement protective measures for their water pipes as temperatures threaten to drop below freezing.  Frozen water expands, potentially bursting the pipe and when it thaws you have a leak that can cause considerable damage.

Tips you need to know:

  • Allow an outside and inside faucet to drip slightly. Ten gallons of water cost less than 10 cents, repairing a leak and the subsequent damage could cost thousands.
  • Insulate all exposed pipes and enclose crawl spaces.
  • Plug up drafty cracks and repair broken window panes.
  • Remove hoses from outside faucets and be sure faucets are drained and shut off (except the one faucet left dripping).
  • Know how to turn off your water at the shut off valve at your home or business in case of a frozen pipe burst.
  • Keep meter box lids closed to prevent freezing.

What to do if you are going out of town during freezing weather:

  • Turn off your water heater at the electric breaker panel.
  • Turn off your water at either the shut off valve or at the water meter.
  • Open a faucet in the house to let air into the pipes to allow the ice expansion to prevent pipe breaks.

Don’t forget to protect your above-ground backflow device:

  • You can find a variety of insulated covers at most lawn and garden or landscape supply stores.
  • Or, simply wrap your device with insulation and tape. Backflow devices are equipped with valves directly on the unit.  Know where valves are so you can turn off the water off.

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