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Prevent Frozen Pipes this Winter

11/20/2019 (Permalink)

It’s the time of year we go from Fall to Winter with what feels like a matter of days. North Carolina weather knows how to go from 50 degrees, one day to 20 degrees the next. Weather like this sometimes leaves us waking up to frozen pipes which are a headache to deal with, especially if they bust causes water damage. Here are some helpful tips to prevent your pipes from freezing or busting:

- Open your kitchen and bathroom cabinets. You want the warm air in your house to circulate around the plumbing. This helps keep your pipes a tad bit warmer. If you have children, put away all the harmful cleaners or chemicals that you store in these cabinets.

- Let the water drip from a faucet. You may think it will make your water bill super high, but just a trickle won’t sky rocket the bill and the constant flowing of the water will help prevent frozen pipes.

- Keep the thermostat set to the same temperature both day and night. Trying to set it back in hopes to save a little money on heating could potentially let your pipes get cold enough they freeze.

- Insulate your pipes! Most Hardware stores sell pipe insulation for as little as 50 cents per linear foot.

We all want to avoid frozen pipes this winter, but Incase your pipes do freeze, NEVER use an open flame device to thaw them out. Instead, use an electric heating pad or towels soaked in hot water and wrap them around the frozen pipe! If by chance your pipes do burst, causing water damage, call SERVPRO of Bath, we would be more than happy to help fix whatever the water damaged has caused.

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