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Protect That Plumbing

LOWER POTTSGROVE PA – With temperatures falling toward freezing in Sanatoga and Lower Pottsgrove – overnight lows next Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday (Nov. 17-19, 2008) are expected between 26 and 31 degrees, according to The Weather Channel – it’s time to protect plumbing from freezing too.

American Water, a fresh water and wastewater utility company with holdings across Pennsylvania, offers these tips:

  • Eliminate sources of cold air near water lines. Repair broken windows, insulate walls, close off crawl spaces and eliminate drafts near doors. Basements, crawl spaces, unheated rooms and outside walls are areas most vulnerable to freezing.
  • Know where your main water shut-off valve is. If a pipe freezes or bursts, you’ll need to shut water off immediately.
  • Protect your pipes and water meter. Wrap exposed pipes with insulation or electrical heat-tracing wire. For outside meters, keep the lid to the meter pit closed tightly. Don’t disturb or remove any snow that falls on it; snow acts as insulation.
  • Allow a small trickle of water to run overnight if you have pipes vulnerable to freezing. The cost of the extra water is low compared to the cost to repair a broken pipe.
  • Open cabinet doors to expose pipes to warmer room temperatures to keep them from freezing.

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