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American Water Offers Cold Weather Tips
November 22, 2006

American Water reminds homeowners to be prepared for freezing winter temperatures and to act to prevent costly plumbing repairs.

The company encourages its customers to take the following precautions to reduce the risk of freezing pipes that can burst.

– Know the location of your main water shut-off valve. If a pipe freezes or bursts, shut the water off immediately. The main water valve is usually located along a basement wall next to the water meter or where the water supply enters the building.
–Know the areas in your home where water pipes are most vulnerable to freezing – crawl spaces, outside walls, outside faucets, unheated rooms, basements, garages or attics. Eliminate sources of cold air near water lines. Make your basement airtight by repairing broken windows, insulating walls and closing off crawl space vents and doors.
–Protect your pipes. Wrap exposed water pipes with insulation or UL-listed heat tape. Newspaper or fabric may also work as temporary measures.
– Drain water lines to outside faucets. Disconnect garden hoses and, if practical, use an indoor valve to shut off and drain water from pipes leading to outside faucets.
–Keep your thermostat at 55 degrees or higher. If you plan to be away for an extended period of time, ask a neighbor or family member to check the house regularly.

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