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Winterizing Your Plumbing Systems

October 13, 2014 |  

Our good friends at 2-10 Home Warranty had a great reminder that during the winter months we need to take steps to prevent frozen pipes.Water expands when it freezes, which can be a cause for concern for your plumbing system. When temperatures drop below 32 degrees Fahrenheit, even for a short period, you run the risk of a pipe fracture or worse. Here are a few precautions you can take in the month of November to save yourself later.

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Close crawl space vents and stuff insulation over the openings. If your bathroom pipes run along an exterior wall, try keeping the vanity door(s) open to allow heat inside. Drain and store garden hoses. Drain underground sprinkler systems. Open cabinet doors under sinks to let in heat. Should a pipe freeze, never thaw it with an open flame. Use a hair dryer, heat lamp or space heater.

 

 

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