Record Cold Temperatures This Week - Frozen Pipe Prevention

Our region is expecting snow on Wednesday, followed by brutally cold temperatures in the single digits. BE PREPARED! Frozen pipes can result in millions of dollars in property damage. Please take precautions to prevent frozen pipes, especially during the weekend when your facilities may be unoccupied,


Have your maintenance personnel check your facilities, especially unoccupied buildings, in the morning and evening each day and do the following:

  • Set the thermostats in the building to at least 68° F. Normally 55° F is sufficient, but during an extreme cold spell it is prudent to set the thermostat higher. This may temporarily increase your heating costs, but it’s a small price to pay to avoid more costly damage caused by frozen pipes.
  • Check the heating systems twice a day to ensure it is functioning properly.
  • Check all faucets. Make sure water flows freely and no leaks are present. If you turn on a faucet and only a trickle comes out, this may be a sign of a frozen pipe.
  • Open kitchen/bathroom cabinet doors to allow warmer air to circulate around plumbing.
  • Be sure to know the location of all shut off valves; in the event a pipe bursts, you will need to stop the flow of water as soon as possible.
  • If you haven’t done so, disconnect, remove and store outdoor hoses. Close all inside valves supplying outdoor hose bibs. Open the outside hose bibs to allow water to drain.

Treating Frozen Pipes

  • If you open a faucet and little to no water comes out, leave the faucet open, turn off the water at the main shut-off valve, and call a plumber.
  • Never attempt to thaw a frozen pipe with an open flame. You may be able to thaw a frozen pipe with the warm air from a hair dryer. Start by warming the pipe closest to the faucet, working toward the coldest section of the pipe.
  • If a water pipe bursts, completely open all faucets and turn off the water at the main shut-off valve. Call a plumber immediately.