Winter Weather Watch
In the upcoming winter months, with freezing temperatures approaching, as well as the accumulation of snow, winter weather can cause significant water damage to your home or business. Lower temperatures can cause water pipes to freeze and burst, ice dams can form on your roof, and thawed snow can cause the ground to become over saturated, causing water to seep into your home or business.
Because pipes in the crawl space, outside walls, and in the attic are more vulnerable to freezing and bursting, it is recommend that you insulate these pipes to prevent freezing. You can wrap them in insulating materials such as foam rubber or fiberglass sleeves. Faucets that connect to pipes in unheated spaces are prone to freezing as well, so if possible let cold water drip or even a trickle of water through pipes to help prevent them from freezing.
Inspect your home or business and close all cracks, holes, and openings in the outside walls and foundation or near water pipes, with caulk. When outside temperatures drop below 32 °F allow warmer air to circulate around the plumbing by opening kitchen and bathroom cabinet doors. Move the contents stored in these cabinets up, out of the reach of children and pets.
Keep the thermostat the same temperature during the day and at night. Your heating costs may rise a bit, but you’ll prevent pipes from freezing and bursting. If you’re leaving home for more than two days, set the temperature to no lower than 55 °F. Shut off the water supply and drain pipes and appliances that use water. In addition, when possible have someone you trust check your home every couple days.