January 8, 2015 at 9:16 AM | Posted in Home | Leave a comment
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Could this be the next polar vortex? One day we have mild temperatures and the next we go to freezing cold temperatures.  With the weather going from one extreme to another, it is very important to keep an eye on your pipes and do what you can to prevent them from freezing. Here are some tips that can help you:

Preventing Frozen Pipes:

  • Maintain the temperature of your home to a minimum of 55 degrees at all times
  • Wrap any exposed pipes that are not well insulated
  • If a faucet is exposed to unheated areas or is on a wall that is not well insulated, turn the faucet to a slow trickle to help prevent the pipe from freezing especially overnight when the heat can plummet
  • Open cabinet doors to allow heat circulation to your pipes

If Your Pipes have Frozen:

  • Locate the frozen area and make sure the pipe has not cracked or burst
  • Turn the hot water faucet to the open position allowing the steam produced by your thawing activities to escape
  • The safest way to thaw a frozen pipe is to:
    1. Wrap a heavy towel around the pipe
    2. Place a bucket under the pipe to catch the runoff
    3. Pour hot or boiling water over the towel
  • Using a heat lamp or hair dryer is less messy, just be careful to keep an electrical device safely away from any water source

If you can’t locate the frozen pipe or suspect that they may have burst or cracked, turn off the water main shutoff and consult a professional plumber immediately.  If you have had substantial water damage due to a burst pipe, you may want to contact a water remediation company to begin clean up immediately to prevent further damage.

Please call Marsh & McLennan Agency at 508-852-8500 if you have any questions regarding your specific coverage with regards to frozen pipes! Stay warm!


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