Winter: Freezing Pipes & Plumbing

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frozen-pipeWater freezing in your cold and hot water pipes can cause serious problems. While this freezing takes place, the pipe begins to swell and may burst. In most cases, the actual break doesn’t appear until the water begins to thaw.

A little bit of planning can make for a dryer, happier winter. Brigantine Water Department encourages residents to take the following preventative actions to protect home plumbing:

Locate and mark the main water cutoff valve for your home. This cutoff valve is usually found near where the waterline comes into your house. Damage from running water can be minimized if you can turn off this valve quickly.

Make sure the waterline to outside faucets is turned off and the line is drained. Consider wrapping or insulating your water pipes, especially those pipes near outside walls, under the house or in the attic. Insulation supplies are available at local home improvement or hardware stores.

Eliminate drafts. Check around the home for areas where water supply lines are located in unheated areas and take measures to prevent the flow of cold air in these areas. Look in the basement, crawl space, attic, garage and under kitchen and bathroom cabinets. Both hot and cold water pipes in these areas should be insulated. A hot water supply line can freeze just as a cold water supply line can if water is not running through the pipe and the water temperature becomes cold.

If a water pipe freezes, never try to thaw it with an open flame or torch. You can use a hair dryer or portable heater, but always be careful of the potential for electric shock in and around standing water.

If you will be away from your home, keep the thermostat at a reasonable temperature to make sure all areas with water pipes are kept above freezing.

If you suspect you have a frozen water meter, call Brigantine Water Department for help.

Business hours: 609-266-7800

After hours Emergency : 609-266-7414 or 911

If you are vacating your home because you have lost your heat source, locate and turn off your main water cutoff valve.

After the valve is turned off, open a faucet on each level of your home to allow for expansion should the undrained water freeze.

If you are staying in your home or will be monitoring your home frequently, allow a faucet to drip cold water slowly. At a minimum, the dripping faucet should be the one that is the greatest distance from your main water cutoff valve.

Consider allowing a slow drip in areas that are least protected from the cold (basements, crawl spaces, attics and garages).

Getting Help

If the pipe breaks, quickly shut off the water valve, if you haven’t already done so. Then call a plumber. They have the know-how to correctly fix the break.

Should you call the fire department? Only if the water gets in or near electrical outlets or panels, or if the water threatens a pilot light or power to a water heater or furnace.

Heating emergency numbers

• Atlantic Electric 1-800-833-7476  http://www.atlanticcityelectric.com

• South Jersey Gas: 609-561-9000.  http://southjerseygas.com/

 

We are only a phone call away …If  you need help  please call us..

Non -Emergency  Dial  266-7414

Emergency Dial  911

 

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