Prevent the “Yikes!” Caused by Frozen Pipes

This is a very timely blog. Our fire department has been very busy responding to frozen sprinkler systems in homes and businesses.

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Posted by – Shawn Keenan, Water Resources Coordinator

If you’ve ever had the misfortune of having a water pipe freeze and burst in your home you know the damage it can cause.  The water can run through your walls and ceiling and into your basement, leading to major repairs or the destruction of cherished items.  Yikes!   It’s not something you would want to wake up to or come home to especially after a long days work.  According to the Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety, the damage caused by frozen pipes can surpass $5,000.

For peace of mind during these frigid winter temperatures follow some of these simple and low cost steps to prevent your pipes from freezing:

  1. Wrap water pipes with foam pipe insulation and hold the insulation in place with duct tape.
  2. Position ridged foam board insulation between the water pipes and the wall to protect the…

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