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Preventing Frozen Water Pipes

from NuStar Insurance Agency

Nov 10, 2011

Colder weather increases the chance that your water pipes might freeze, especially if
you have the gas service disconnected at a vacation home over the winter. Here are some tips to help you avoid or deal with the problem:

For normal precautions:

• Insulate exposed pipes with heat tape, newspapers or rags.
• Place a 60-watt light bulb close to the water meter to keep it from freezing.
• If pipes are close to an exposed outside wall, open the cabinet door to let room
heat in.
• Use a hair dryer or turn up the heat in your home to 75 degrees to thaw a pipe; do not
use a torch.
• If a pipe bursts, shut off the main valve, usually located near the meter.
• Be aware that leaks sometimes don’t show up until a pipe thaws, when they can
cause extensive damage to plaster walls.

If you’ll be away for the winter:

• Drain pipes completely.
• Pour a cup of antifreeze into the draintraps, toilet bowls and tanks.
• Make sure the main shut-off valve is turned off.
• Open all faucets.
• Drain the hot water tank.

Source: Columbuia Gas of Ohio

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