New Jersey American Water created this fantastic document illustrating the many things you can do to prevent frozen pipes in your house. Whether you are a homeowner or renting an apartment, consider this advice.
Before Cold Weather Sets In
- Make sure everyone knows where the main water shut-off is located.
- Check for pipes that pass through unheated spaces or rooms, such as crawlspaces, basements, garages, or uninsulated exterior walls.
- Protect exposed pipes by wrapping them with heat tape, pre-molded foam rubber sleeves or fiberglass insulation.
- If your water meter is outside, make sure your meter lid is closed.
- Eliminate sources of cold air near pipes by sealing openings or cracks that could cause drafts.
- Drain all outdoor garden hoses. If you have an indoor valve for the outside faucet(s), shut it off and drain water.
- Turn off and flush your irrigation system.
- If you are going to be away for a few days leave your thermostat at 55 degrees.
When Temperatures Fall Below Freezing
- If your kitchen or other sinks are located against exterior walls, open cabinets in that space to allow warm air to reach the pipes.
- Allow a trickle of water to run overnight to keep pipes from freezing and collect water in a bucket or tub for other purposes.
- If your pipes freeze, shut off the water immediately.
- Do not thaw frozen pipes unless the water is shut off.
- Heat a frozen pipe by warming the air around it – avoid the use of kerosene heaters or open flames.
As Temperatures Drop, New Jersey American Water Reminds Customers to Prepare for Winter WeatherSource: https://amwater.com/njaw/news-community/nj_news_feed/id/4919384