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Iowa American Water: How To Protect Your Pipes From Cold

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Iowa American Water Company released tips on how to prevent plumbing problems from water pipes freezing and bursting in extreme cold weather:

 

Search your house for un-insulated pipes, especially in unheated areas. Consider wrapping pipes with electric heating tape, but follow manufacturers' instructions carefully to avoid a fire hazard.

Seal cracks and holes in outside walls and foundations, especially where cable TV or phone lines enter the house, with caulking to keep cold winds away from pipes.

If your home is heated by a hot-water radiator, bleed the valves by opening them slightly. Close them when water appears.

Make certain that the water to your hose bibs is shut off inside your house (via a turnoff valve), and that the lines are drained.

Drain and shut off entirely the water to any unoccupied residence such as a summer or vacation home. A loss of power during a winter storm could cause pipes to freeze.

If you intend to leave a property entirely without heat, be sure to drain all water to prevent the possibility of frozen pipes.

Set the thermostat at 55 degrees if you're going out of town. Although you may be able to get away with a lower temperature, this setting is considered to be safe for pipes.

Consider wrapping your water heater in an insulation blanket. While not really at danger for freezing, this can lower your heating bills.

A frozen water meter can lead to expensive home plumbing repairs and meter replacement charges as outlined in the table below. Act now to prevent cold weather from taking a bite out of your home plumbing and your wallet. About Iowa American Water