Preventing Frozen Meters and Pipes
There's no sugar coating it; frozen pipes and water meters are expensive and not something you want to wake up or return home to.
The best way to avoid situations like this is to be prepared. We've compiled a list of easy tips and tricks to get your plumbing ready for winter.
- Make sure warm air is able to circulate around your pipes and meter.
- Repair any cracks or holes in doors or windows near pipes. This will prevent any cold drafts during freezing temperatures damaging your plumbing.
- Wrap pipes and meters in heat tape to prevent freezing. Heat tape is available at your local hardware store.
- If you are leaving for a few days, lower the thermostat but don't turn the heat off completely. If freezing does occur, when the house warms up it can cause flooding which only adds to the cost of the repair.
- If you are going away for an extended period of time, we highly suggest winterizing your pipes, removing the water meter, and turning the water off at the street.
- If you do experience frozen pipes, the safest way to attempt a thaw is with a hair blow dryer. With the dryer on low, wave the warm air along the pipe. Never use an open flame or torch.