Avoiding Wintertime Water Pipe Breakage

February 11, 2013 at 3:26 pm | Posted in Avoiding Water Pipe Problems In Winter, Helpful Hints | Leave a comment
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In the dead of winter, when the temperature settles below freezing and stays there for some time, it is possible to prevent your home’s water pipes from freezing and breaking, forcing you to call out a plumber.

All you have to do is let a small amount of water slowly drip from a faucet inside your house during the night when pipes are most likely to freeze. This should prevent water from thoroughly freezing, expanding and breaking pipes.

If you have an outdoor water faucet that can’t be shut off from the other water pipes, heavily wrap the faucet with old rags, tape the rags securely around the faucet, place a sturdy waterproof box around the faucet and stuff tightly with leaves, packing them completely around the pipe for adequate insulation from the cold. Thoroughly cover the top of the box and tightly tape with duct tape.

In the spring, your outdoor faucet should work just fine if you have done the job right.

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