WASHINGTON — Now is the time to protect pipes against freezing and bursting inside homes and businesses. Prince George’s County Fire/EMS has these tips after responding to more than 2,000 burst pipes during the next four days:
For normal plumbing, consider opening cabinet doors under sinks and in other places with pipes to allow the heat to get in.
If pipes are at risk of freezing, leaving a faucet on a slow drip can help since moving water will freeze more slowly than standing water does.
In an attic, garage or other area exposed to outside temperatures, ensure that all pipes are completely covered by insulation.
Consider leaving the entrance hatch or door to the attic open to allow more heat from the main part of the house to keep the pipes from freezing.
Be sure any hose connections or other outdoor taps are fully shut off and drained.
Double check that everyone in the family knows where the home’s master water shut off valve(s) are just in case a pipe does burst. Sprinkler systems in homes and businesses may need extra care, including insulation near outside walls.
While concern about burst pipes is important, be sure to use safe heating practices to protect against the risk of fire from space heaters or CO poisoning.