Not a sound you’ll want to hear when the temps are in the frigid-zone. If you don’t take care of your pipes that might be exactly what you have to deal with.—-
And the Greater Cincinnati Water Works (GCWW) is doing a bit of hand-wringing over the matter. In a press release, the Water Works is urging people to take a few moments to make sure all is well in the plumbing department.
“We are extremely concerned with the low temperatures forecasted for the next few nights,” says Dave Bennett, a field services manager at GCWW. “We want to do everything we can to help customers prevent frozen pipes.”
A few familiar, but important reminders from the press release can help.
Pipes that run through unheated areas or against exterior walls are most susceptible to freezing. For people concerned about frozen pipes, GCWW strongly recommends letting a steady stream of water about the width of pencil lead flow from faucets susceptible to freezing. If the pipes are under a kitchen or bathroom sink, keep the cabinet doors open to allow more home heat to reach the pipes.
If homes are vacant and unheated, turn off all the water and drain the system. Turn off the main shut-off valve, then turn on all faucets, sinks, tubs, showers, etc. and flush the toilets. Turn off the water heater. Then go back to the main shut-off valve and remove the plug so it can drain completely. Disconnecting and draining outdoor hoses may also help prevent a frozen pipe or faucet.
An important reminder: if you have frozen pipes, NEVER use a torch with an open flame to thaw pipes. It is a fire hazard and can further damage pipes and soldered joints. A hair dryer with a low heat setting is the easiest and safest tool to use to thaw frozen pipes. A heat lamp or electric lamp is also acceptable.