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Brutal Cold Forecasted for Erie Area This Week, Are You Prepared?

Posted on Monday, January 28, 2019 at 10:02 AM
Home Insurance Erie PA + Insurance Erie PA

There are subzero temperatures forecasted for the Erie Area this week.  This is a great opportunity to remind of a few steps to help prevent, or unfreeze, frozen pipes. 

As Temperatures Drop

  • Keep your house warm, and allow the warm air to circulate as much as possible. Seal drafts and keep interior doors open. If you’re going to be gone for an extended period, don’t turn off the heat. Keep it set to at least 55 degrees Fahrenheit.

  • Open cabinet doors under kitchen and bathroom sinks to allow heat to reach the pipes. Be sure to move cleaners and other chemicals out of reach of children and pets.

  • Open indoor faucets, hot and cold, to allow a trickle of water. Flowing water is less likely to freeze.

    When a Pipe Freezes

  • The first thing to do, faced with the telltale trickle, is try to find where the pipe is frozen. Keep the faucet open, and open other faucets in the house to determine if the problem is widespread. If it is, turn off the main water supply and call a plumber.

  • If it's a single pipe, and you can reach the frozen section, try using a hair dryer, heating pad or portable space heater – just never leave it running unattended. Keep the faucet open and work up and down the pipe, starting at the faucet and working backward to the frozen section. Apply heat until full water pressure returns, then reduce the flow to a trickle until the cold snap ends.

  • An alternative method: Wrap the frozen section with towels soaked in hot water. Don't pour hot water directly on a frozen pipe, and don't use a propane torch or other open flame.

    If these approaches don't work, or if you have a leaking or burst pipe, don't hesitate to turn off the main water supply and call in a licensed plumber.

   


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