Even if you’ve taken the right preventative steps, the extreme weather conditions we are currently experiencing can still harm your pipes. To avoid frozen lines and pipes please take the following precautions:
- Open cabinet doors to allow heat to get to un-insulated pipes under sinks and appliances near exterior walls.
- Leave a couple of faucets on a slow drip as moving water can help keep your pipes from freezing and prevent a burst pipe.
- Keep your thermostat set at the same temperature during both day and night. You might be in the habit of turning down the heat when you’re asleep, but further drops in the temperature – more common overnight – could catch you off guard and freeze your pipes.
If Your Pipes Do Freeze
If your pipes still freeze don’t panic. Just because they’re frozen doesn’t mean they’ve already burst.
- If you turn on your faucets and nothing comes out, leave the faucets turned on and submit a maintenance request to Annapolis Property Services
- You may be able to thaw a frozen pipe with the warm air from a hair dryer. Start by warming the pipe as close to the faucet as possible, working toward the coldest section of pipe.
- If your water pipes have already burst, turn off the water at the main shutoff valve in the house; leave the water faucets turned on. Immediately submit a maintenance request to Annapolis Property Services.
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