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Frigid Temps, No Snow Can Threaten Pipes

Brandon Weathers
Updated: November 08, 2019 06:02 PM

A stretch of colder than normal weather combined with lack of snow cover may lead to problems for homeowners. AG O’Brien Plumbing & Heating Company project manager Chris Adatte offers a few helpful tips. He said, "If the pipe bursts and floods and no one's there to shut [the water] off, you could get tens of thousands of dollars of damage easily."

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Adatte said now is the time to address any drips or leaks and make sure exposed pipes are insulated. He also advises disconnecting yard hoses and shutting off those valves to prevent freezes. It's a good idea to open up cabinets to keep the plumbing from freezing on especially cold nights.

"I would advise everyone to know where your water shut-off is to your house. Usually where the water comes in to serve your building or home where the water meter is, there should be a shut-off valve. Know where that is, because if there's a bust or a break, you could have a major flood and some serious damage," Adatte said.

Cold ground temperatures can also cause problems for septic tanks. Adatte said now is the time to have your septic tank emptied if it has not been emptied recently. You also want to keep an eye on the pipe that runs from the septic tank to the drainage field. When the insulation from the snow is lacking, hay can be used to insulate the ground and mitigate a freeze.

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