Frozen pipes…don't let it happen to you!

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Columbus is notoriously known for being the home of the Buckeyes, but what many fail to realize is that we also play host to many brutal winters. With the snowfalls, and temperatures barely rising above freezing, it is imperative that you check the condition of the water pipes in your home. A quick check could be the difference between free flowing water, and frozen pipes. Pipes most prone to freezing are those that are exposed to severe cold. Outdoor hose bibs, swimming pool supply lines and water supply lines in unheated interior areas also run the risk of freezing.

To prevent your pipes form freezing this winter:

1. Drain all water from outdoor supply lines. Store hoses used outdoors, and be sure to close valves supplying water to outdoor hose bibs.

2. Check around your home for other areas where water supply lines are located in unheated areas. (basement, crawl space, attic, garage, and under kitchen and bathroom cabinets.)

3. Keep your garage door closed if there water supply lines in the garage. Open kitchen and bathroom cabinet doors to allow warmer air to circulate around the plumbing. Be sure to remove any harmful cleaner and household chemicals out of the reach of children.

4. When weather is very cold outside, let cold water drip from faucet served by exposed pipes. Running water through the pipe helps prevent pipes from freezing.

5. If you will be going away during the winter months leave the heat on in your home, set to a temperature no lower than 55 degrees Fahrenheit.

We thought this post would be appropriate today, considering the coming winter storm. We also wanted to provide a link to our winter safety tips and AmeriCorps Kevin’s previous post about safe winter driving. Stay safe out there this weekend!

Thanks to James Lewis, Red Cross Intern, for this post.

5 thoughts on “Frozen pipes…don't let it happen to you!

  1. Good tips! My family owns a winter cabin and we always are afraid the pipes are going to freeze…it’s happened about 3 times already. We heard about this product called FireEar. It monitors the temperature of your home and notifies you through your phone when the temp drops below a certain point. It’s a very nice warning so that you can call a neighbor before damage happens. We got in for our cabin and saved money on the insurance bill too! Not to mention it warns you about fires and power outages. Check it out! FireEar


    1. Thanks for the tip Todd! It’s always good to be prepared and sounds like you and your family are. Enjoy the winter cabin!


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