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CPW: Time to weatherize plumbing as colder temperatures arrive

STAFF REPORTS
Published on Friday, November 13, 2015

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Burst pipes can cause flooding and water damage to homes and businesses.
 

Burst pipes can cause flooding and water damage to homes and businesses.

 

Colder weather forecast in the Upstate has brought out a reminder from Greer Commission of Public Works to weatherize plumbing to help ensure pipes do not freeze or burst.

Burst pipes can cause flooding and water damage to homes and businesses.

CPW reminds customers it cannot make repairs beyond the meter box. By locating the master shut-off valve in advance, water can be turned off to the entire house in the event of a leak. In the case of frozen pipes or a leak, customers should contact a plumber. 

Pipe freezing prevention tips

• If leaving for the night or for a few days, set the thermostat no lower than 55 degrees. Ask friends or neighbors to check the house daily to make sure it’s warm enough to prevent freezing.

• Shut off and drain the water system by turning the water off at the meter. However, doing so will deactivate a fire protection sprinkler system.

• Insulate pipes or faucets in unheated areas. Wrap pipes before temperatures drop with approved materials. Pipe wrapping materials can be found at hardware and building supply stores.

• Seal off access doors, air vents and cracks. Winter winds through overlooked openings can quickly freeze exposed water pipes.

• Disconnect and drain outdoor hoses to prevent freezing.

• If pipes have frozen, open a faucet and wait until water begins flowing again. Listen for leaks — water expands when it freezes, which can cause leaks in pipes. 

• Leaving a pencil lead-thin stream of water flowing from faucets in unheated areas or against exterior walls may prevent pipes from freezing. 

• Keeping the cabinet doors open to allow more home heat to reach the pipes underneath sinks and in cabinets may also help prevent freezing.

 

 

 

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