The first “arctic blast” of the season is underway for Maryland and it looks as if the cold temperatures are here to stay for at least a few days. With a small layer of snow on the ground, it will make the air colder on Wednesday and Thursday night keeping the temperatures in the teens with wind chills below zero — now that’s cold!
Last year we saw an abundance of frozen pipes, and while we’re here to fix any plumbing issue we wanted to provide you with some tips for our first major cold front.
- Make sure you insulate your pipes located in areas such as your garage, crawl space, attic, and any other areas that aren’t heated.
- Seal up any air leaks that are near outdoor pipes. If these air leaks aren’t sealed correctly, the cold air could get inside and freeze your pipes.
- Put your garden hose(s) away and shut off your outdoor water supply. Follow these instructions to properly do this.
- If you’re planning to head out of town, do not set your thermostat below 55 degrees.
- Lastly and most importantly, make sure you and everybody in your home knows where the main shutoff valve is. If a pipe does burst, your first to-do should be to shut off the water to your house to prevent further damage!
We know accidents can happen, so if you end up having a frozen pipe follow some of these simple tips.