It’s cold in Virginia and, according to the weather reports, it’s only going to get colder. That can be dangerous for your water pipes.
With 17% of all water damage claims coming from freezing pipes, it’s important to know how to protect your home during this winter weather.
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Allow for a Steady Drip:
Moving water will not freeze. Turning on the highest faucet in your home to a slow and steady drip of cold water can prevent pipes from freezing and bursting and also saves on the energy bill as opposed to hot/warm water.
Open the Cabinet Doors:
Open the cabinet doors and expose your plumbing that is near outer walls of your home. This will let the heat get to your pipes and help to keep them from freezing.
If your Pipes Freeze:
Find your private water shut off valve and turn of the water supply to your home.
Never attempt to thaw your pipes with an open flame or an electrical appliance.
Watch for leaks as the pipes thaw.
If you can’t find your water shut off valve or your pipes burst call for Public Utilities to come and shut your water supply off for you.
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