FRIGID WEATHER ALERT! Protect the three P's, your Pipes, Pets, and Plants.
Frigid Temperatures are expected in the area. We have a damp afternoon ( Tuesday, January 16, 2024) and an extremely cold morning (Wednesday January 17, 2024). Dripping your faucets is highly recommended.
Allowing a small water drip from your faucet can save you from frozen pipes and thousands of dollars in water damage. A drip doesn't always prevent freezing, but with water moving through your pipes, ice is less likely to form. There’s also less pressure in your pipes, so they’re less likely to burst if they freeze. Learn when and how to drip faucets in your home and whether you should drip hot or cold water.
Prepping to Drip Faucets
Dripping a faucet can prevent frozen and burst pipes if you turn on the correct faucets before or soon after the temperature drops.
Watch the Temperature
If temperatures will be below 20 degrees Fahrenheit for at least three hours or your power goes out in the winter, plan to drip your faucets. Ideally, you want to drip your faucets before the cold strikes, or within the first two hours.
Even if the inside of your home doesn't fall to 20 degrees Fahrenheit, pipes located in unheated areas such as the basement, attic, garage, and crawl spaces—or in exterior walls with minimal insulation—can still freeze.