Coldest Air of the Winter
This weekend will bring the coldest temperatures of the season to our region. The combination of low temperatures and gusty winds will increase the risk of frozen pipes. See tips for preventing frozen pipes listed below:Pipes in attics, exterior walls and crawl spaces are most vulnerable to extreme cold.Check on all vacant units.Simply turning off the water is not sufficient for a property that is to be left unoccupied for a long period - a lot of water is still in the system, and can cause damage. To remove the risk completely, have a plumber drain down the water and central heating system. Or alternatively, be sure the heat is on and set to at least 55 degrees.If you go on vacation, leave the heat on, and set to at least 55 degrees.Locate your water main in the event you need to shut it off in an emergency.Drain all garden hoses.Insulate exposed plumbing pipes.
While you can't change the weather, you can minimize some of winter's biggest threats to your property. With some sensible planning you can avoid surprises this winter.