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It looks like a severe cold snap is heading our way Wednesday night and into Thursday! Back in winter of 2017 we wrote an article for our customers about how to help prevent pipe damage in your home. We think it's just as relevent now as it was then.

Prevent Frozen Pipes During This Record-Breaking Cold Snap

Dec 29, 2017

We're experiencing record-breaking low temperatures, and it looks like these temperatures are going to stick with us until early next week. Under these conditions, pipes can freeze, which can result in a leaking or burst pipe. This is a serious repair, and in most cases preventable. Here's how:
1) Try not to use your secondary heat units (pellet/wood stoves) as your primary heat source: When you use secondary heating sources (such as stoves) as your primary heating source (boiler/furnace), it means you're running your primary system less. In the bitter cold, that's not necessarily a good thing because it can result in your pipes freezing when they otherwise wouldn't have. So, keep that in mind and use your best judgement.
2) Make sure your thermostats are set no lower than 70 degrees, and also disable any scheduling features on your thermostats that may interfere with the running operation: You want your boiler working hard enough to keep your pipes from freezing, so set it high enough (70F should do it). Also, disable any smart thermostat features such as scheduling which may turn off the thermostat during the day or night to conserve energy.
3) Consider opening the kitchen faucet cabinet doors: If your kitchen faucet pipes run through an outside wall instead of through the floor, then you run the risk of having your pipes freeze even if the rest of the house is heated. So, open those cabinet doors to let the heat in.
4) Consider opening all internal doors to let all the air from each zone mix together: If you have some drafty rooms with pipes in the walls that are closed off from where the thermostat is, it's possible that those pipes might freeze when they otherwise would not have if the interior doors were open.
5) Your hose bibs (the faucets on the outside of your home) should already be taken care of for this winter season, but incase you missed it, please see our Dec 11 post on our Facebook page!