Water company shares tips to keep pipes from freezing

Frozen pipes can leave you without water in the worst of weather, and they cost a lot to repair.

But with a few simple steps, you can easily preserve both your budget and your peace of mind, according to a news release from Indiana American Water.

Before the cold sets in, know where your main water shut-off valve is located, turn off your irrigation system, eliminate sources of cold air near water pipes by fixing windows or insulating walls and protect exposed pipes by wrapping them with insulation, fabric or newspaper.

When temperatures stay below freezing, let the snow cover your water meter. Snow acts as insulation, so don’t disturb it. Also, allow a small trickle of water to run overnight to keep pipes from freezing, and open cabinet doors to let warm air in your home reach the pipes.

If your pipes freeze, shut off the water immediately. Apply heat to the frozen pipe by warming the air around it. Avoid kerosene heaters or open flames. Turn the water back on slowly once pipes have thawed, and check for cracks and leaks.

Information: amwater.com