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Frozen Pipe Tips from Aqua


Frozen Pipe Tips from Aqua

This winter, Aqua has released helpful tips for residents in order to prepare for and prevent frozen pipes inside their homes as cold weather is here. These tips will help residents in the Borough avoid any problems with frozen pipes as lower temperatures continue to occur:

  • Locate and visibly mark the master valve so you can turn off the water to your home in case a pipe breaks inside your home. 
  • Make sure the lids on outdoor meter pits are not broken or missing.
  • Shut off and drain any outside faucets including those for lawn sprinkling systems.
  • Prevent drafts in unheated areas, such as crawl spaces or basements, by replacing broken glass or making other repairs.
  • Leave cabinet doors under sinks open to allow warm air to reach pipes. If it is below 10 degrees, leave a trickle of water (about the size of pencil lead) running overnight.

Aqua also advises that residents have heat tape, pipe insulation, a portable space heater, and hand-held hair dryer on hand to use in unheated areas of their homes to use during periods when temperatures are below freezing:

  • Wrap pipes with insulation material or heat tape. Wrap indoor water meters with a blanket. Proper and safe use of portable space heaters can also keep exposed pipes in drafty areas from freezing.
  • For interior plumbing located on an outside wall, such as a kitchen sink, install heat tape on the pipes beneath the sink. If no small children are in the house, open cabinet doors beneath the sink to allow the warm air in the home to reach the pipes.
  • For additional tips and information on how to keep your pipes from freezing throughout the winter, please visit www.AquaFrozenTips.com