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How to Keep Pipes from Freezing and Prevent Water Damage this Winter

Wondering how to keep pipes from freezing in your home?

keep pipes from freezingWinter is coming.  As the temperatures drop, it’s important to do what you can to keep your pipes from freezing. Burst pipes can cause extensive damage.
Here are some ways to avoid pipe breakage during a deep winter freeze. 
1) Get your Heater Checked. When temperatures fall below freezing, water pipes are also at risk of freezing.  That’s why now’s the time to call your heating/cooling service to get a yearly check up for your heater.  There’s nothing worse then being stuck in the dead of winter with a broken heater and having your pipes burst. So schedule a check up to make sure your heater is in full working order.
2) Set Temperature to 55 Degrees When You Leave – Don’t turn off the heat when you leave your home. If you head off to visit family or on a winter getaway, set the thermostat at 55 degrees so the pipes in your home don’t freeze.
3) Insulate Exposed Pipes. – Look around your crawl space and attic.  Insulate any exposed plumbing pipes you see with thick foam or fiberglass insulating sleeves to protect them from the cold.
4) Winterize Outside Faucets – First remove hoses, splitters or connections from the spigot.  Then place a hose bib cover or dome over the spigot. This keeps outdoor faucets and pipes from freezing and protects through harsh winter conditions.
5) Find and Insulate Gaps Around Pipes – If you see light coming through or feel a draft that’s a sign it’s not sealed properly.  Applying an insulation like Dow Great Stuff in the gaps helps you achieve an air tight seal. That can improve the heating efficiency of your home.
6) Open the Cabinets – When sub-zero weather hits, it’s important to make sure the warm air in your home is reaching your pipes.  Open cabinets adjacent to outside walls to allow the air to hit your plumbing more easily.
7) Water Valve – In the case of a plumbing emergency, you’ll want to know where the water valve is in your home so you can shut it off.  Also, if you are heading on an extended trip away from home, you may want to shut off the water valve as a precaution.
Bad News.  If despite your best efforts to keep your pipes from freezing a pipe breaks, Maryland WaterProofing can help you clean up the damage and repair your home.

Water damage? If you weren’t able to keep your pipes from freezing, Call Maryland WaterProofing 24-Hour Emergency Hotline at 1-866-771-5260

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