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Keeping Pipes From Freezing

January 18th, 2014

With the cold weather quickly approaching and temperatures dropping to freezing lows, plumbing issues are common and an experienced emergency plumber in philly  may be necessary. Before plumbing issues occur here are a few steps homeowners can take to prevent costly damages to their home.

-Pay attention to the water flow around your home. If the pressure flow is restricted this is normally a sign of a frozen pipe.
-During the evening hours you want to allow a little cold water to drip from your faucets. It is during this time that temperatures are the coldest, and it helps prevent the water from sitting there and freezing.
-Before the cold weather arrives it is recommended to disconnect your garden hoses and drain all outdoor pipes  because if left connected ice can form and the pressure within can build up in the water lines inside your home. This can lead to a water line leak or break and cause major damages in the home. If this was to happen immediately contact a contractor who has done a pipe repair in philadelphia.
-After disconnecting all the hose around your home install an exterior, insulated faucet jacket. That will protect the outdoor faucets, and connecting lines that run into the home from freezing when the temperatures drop. You also want to make sure to use the shut-off valves inside your home to drain water from pipes that go to the outdoor hose. If you are not familiar where the valves can be found they are normally located under sinks, in crawl spaces or basements, near the water heater or the meter.
-Make sure to keep the temperature in your home above 55 degrees. This will help warm air circulate and keep pipes in the walls from freezing. You may also open your cabinet doors under sinks and faucets to help get the warm air to the pipes.
-Close and secure your crawl space vents and garage doors to prevent extreme drifts of cold air from getting into the home.
-When snow arrives make sure to check your sump pump line. As the snow can block the drainage area, eventually freeze and cause the water to back into the house.

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