Cold winter temperatures bring the threat of frozen pipes. Make sure you insulate any piping in unheated areas; and don’t forget about your outdoor spigots. They should also be insulated and covered. During especially cold weather it’s always a good idea to leave the water running just a bit, and open under-sink cabinet doors to help prevent freezing of water pipes in the home.
If your home will be unoccupied for an extended period of time, you may want to turn off the water supply at the main entrance valve, and drain the pipes. Be sure to turn off the water heater as well. If you have a gas water heater, contact your gas supplier. Water in the toilets should be evacuated and a non-toxic antifreeze placed in the bowl and in all traps.
If you have any questions about how best to winterize your home piping, contact a licensed plumber.
FUD can discontinue water service by turning off the meter, however, this action alone will not prevent frozen pipes. A $35.00 service charge will apply when service is re-established.
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