FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
LAUREL, MD – January 3, 2014: The New Year has rung in a sharp drop in temperatures, which can lead to frozen pipes for homeowners. WSSC offers customers the following winterizing tips to prevent costly and inconvenient repairs brought about by frozen or ruptured pipes.
• Repair broken windows, doors and walls.
• Tightly close all doors and windows.
• Insulate outside walls.
• Inquire with your local hardware store about materials to insulate pipes and meters.
• Seal all leaks in crawl spaces and basements.
• Cover vents from the inside with insulation, cardboard, plastic or newspaper, if they will not close.
• Turn off the water to outside faucets, remove hoses and drain the pipes.
If a pipe in your home freezes:
• Completely open the cold water faucet nearest the frozen pipe. This relieves the pressure and reduces the chance of breakage.
• Use a hand-held dryer if you decide to thaw the pipe yourself.
• If you're not certain what to do, call a registered plumber.