Thursday, December 29, 2016

Winter Prep: Preventing Frozen Pipes.

by Elyse Umlauf
Adapted from a previous edition of The REsource newsletter

Here are three steps the American Red Cross suggests taking before winter starts to prevent frozen pipes.

1. Drain water from the swimming pool and water sprinkler supply lines. Also drain and store outdoor hoses.

2. Close inside valves supplying outdoor hose bibs and open the outside hose bibs to let water drain. Keep the outside valve open to let any remaining water expand without breaking the pipe.

3. Look for water supply lines in unheated areas – the basement, crawl space, attic, garage, and under kitchen and bathroom cabinets – and insulate those pipes.