7 ways to weather proof your home and prevent frozen pipes

Temps are supposed to drop on Friday and that can mean broken or frozen pipes in your home.  Be prepared for the worst with these 7 tips.

  • Leave a thin stream of water run from your basement faucet to help prevent frozen pipes.
  • Turn off hose connections inside the house.  Disconnect hoses from their faucets, as frozen water in hoses can expand and break pipes and fittings.
  • Be sure you know the location of the water shutoff valve in your home. Check it periodically to ensure it works properly.
  • Keep a three day supply of water on hand, which is one gallon per person per day.
  • Insulate pipes in unheated spaces.
  • If you get a frozen pipe, gently warm it with hot air from a blow dryer at the point where it enters your house.
  • Periodically monitor your sump pump. A frozen drain pipe could result in a flooded basement.

City DPW crews are working non-stop to restore water as quickly as possible.  They have 20x the normal amount of calls and are working 12 hour shifts to help everyone get water back.  There is already a broken water main on 41st St that the City has been working on since Wednesday evening, so watch out for slippery conditions and detours.

Stay safe and warm!  Keep your pets inside.  A furry coat doesn’t mean they don’t get cold.  Check on your neighbors, especially the elderly, and make sure they are okay.  Nextdoor is another way to keep up to date on what’s happening in Woodberry.  Contact us for an invite.  Also, the 22 bus is being diverted because of the water main break, so click here to see the detour.