Winter weather has arrived and it is time to take precautions by protecting your pipes from freezing and bursting.

Frozen pipes can be prevented by following a few basic steps.

  • Remove garden hoses from faucets.
  • Cover exterior faucets with insulation.
  • Cover exposed exterior pipes with foam rubber or fiberglass insulation and secure them with tape.
  • Leave the thermostat at a minimum of 55°F.
  • Open cabinet doors under sinks to allow heat to circulate around pipes.
  • Let cold and hot water faucets drip during freezing weather.
  • Locate the main water shut-off valve so you can find it in an emergency.

 Prevention is the key and is well worth it to avoid water damage due to a broken pipe

 In the event of a broken pipe, it is critical to act quickly. Water from a broken pipe can add up to thousands of gallons in a very short time. It is likely that by the time the damage is discovered, entire rooms are flooded and walls are becoming wet.

  •  Shut off the main water valve immediately.
  • Call the plumber immediately.
  • Mop up standing water on flooring surfaces, if possible.
  • Open kitchen and bathroom cabinet doors to promote warm air circulation.
  • Locate the frozen pipe and open a faucet.
  • Call your insurance company. Your insurance company can recommend a licensed professional water damage clean up company.

 A water emergency can be a stressful situation that is easily avoided with proper prevention.