Worried about your pipes freezing in this frigid Michigan weather? We’ve got some tips and myths to help protect your home and prevent your pipes from freezing this winter.
1 – Most water meter and lines come into the house in a corner of the basement. Make sure there are no broken windows, cracks in walls or drafty areas by the meter and line.
2 – Insulate the meter and pipe exposed. You can use batting insulation, or foam pipe, both of which can be found at most hardware stores.
3 – For those in mobile homes, heat tape may be the best option, although not the most energy efficient.
4 - If you’re away from your home, set your thermostat no lower than 55 degrees.
While it’s true that running water doesn’t usually freeze, economically speaking, a customer will end up paying more in the long run by keeping a drip going, rather than insulating the meter and pipe properly. Caulking cracks, fixing windows and insulating are all great things homeowners can do, at a low cost, to help prevent pipes from freezing.
Oh, no! Your pipes are already frozen. What Now?
If you turn on your faucet and just a small trickle of water comes out, your pipes might be frozen. Call a licensed plumber as soon as possible.
1 – Turn off the water at your home’s main shut-off valve
Keep the faucet open so water has a better chance of flowing through the frozen area
2 - Never try to thaw a pipe yourself
3 - Never use electrical appliances in area of standing water
4 - Check for other frozen pipes throughout your home
If you have questions about your water meter or service, please contact Holland BPW at 616.355.1500