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Protecting Pipes in Fridgid Conditions

Posted By Jeff Dover, CRFP, RFMA, Wednesday, January 07, 2015
Updated: Monday, January 05, 2015

Hello RFMA members,

Currently, the nation is getting hit with sub-freezing conditions. Ensure your pipes are protected from freezing. Change all t-stat settings to a minimum of 65 degrees at night or leave the daytime setting alone. Eliminate all night setback functions. If possible, open all areas (cabinet doors, if available) to expose water lines on exterior walls to increase interior heated air to the lines. If temperatures are forecast below 0 degrees, keep all faucets on to a regular steady drip for both the hot and cold lines. Insulate all pipes that are exposed. Use heat tape if necessary on problem area lines or position a heat source (lamp or fan) towards these areas. Turn off all exterior irrigation equipment and drain lines. Disconnect hoses from the spigot and install a cone type insulated cover over it.

It will cost a few extra dollars to protect the lines but will save thousands in repairs if the lines were to freeze.

Any comments or additional actions would be appreciated.

Dover and out.

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