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Plumbing Tips Before the Cold Weather Arrives

  • Know the location of your water shut-off valve switch and test it regularly.
  • Turn off and drain automatic and manual sprinkler systems before first freeze.
  • Turn off outdoor faucets and be sure to disconnect hoses from them.
  • Winterize unheated or vacant buildings.
  • Insulate water pipes that may be vulnerable to the cold or have caused problems before.
  • During a Deep Freeze (-5 Degrees and Below): Keep open cabinet doors leading to exposed pipes (such as access doors for sinks), so that household air can warm them.
  • If you have an attached garage, keep its doors shut.
  • Crack a very slow drip from a faucet furthest from the place where your water enters the house.
  • Keep your thermostat set above 65 degrees when leaving your house or business for several days.
  • If You Think a Pipe Has Already Frozen: Thaw the pipe as soon as possible or call Justice Plumbing for help.
  • If  you do it yourself, shut off the water or test the shut-off valve. You  do not want water suddenly gushing from the pipe when it thaws.
  • Remember: When thawing pipes, slower is better.
  • A hair dryer at the frozen area of the pipe is appropriate. A blow torch is not. Pipes warmed too fast may break anyway.
  • Frozen Water Pipes: With  freezing temperatures there is a good chance that unprotected water  pipes will freeze. When this happens, you may experience only the  annoyance of interrupted water service until the water in the pipes  thaws. Unfortunately, for a few, the water line may rupture and cause  property damage and require plumbing repairs.
  • There are several preventive measures that can reduce your chances of having your water lines freeze.
  • Shut off the outside water valve, disconnect water hoses and drain water from pipes, via an open faucet.
  • Allow  a trickle of hot and cold water to drip. The cost of the wasted water  is small compared to the damage from frozen pipes. CAUTION: Be certain  you are not running water into a drain line that is exposed to extreme  cold, as that line might freeze as well.
  • Open kitchen and bathroom cabinet doors under sinks to allow heat from the room to circulate around un-insulated pipes.
  • Heat unused rooms with plumbing, especially if the plumbing is in a north wall.
  • Insulate all pipes in areas where there is no heat, such as the garage or crawl space.
  • Apply  heat tape or thermostat-controlled heat cables around pipes that are  exposed to the weather and prone to freeze. You can purchase a variety  of insulating and heating devices to install on both inside and outside  plumbing.
  • Seal any air leaks around doors and windows to reduce cold air penetration.

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Call Justice Plumbing at 817-579-9779 for all your plumbing needs this winter. 24/7 emergency plumbing services available.

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