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Extreme Cold Advisory Prevent Frozen Pipes


As the winter chill sets in, it’s time to think about protecting your home from the elements. Take the necessary steps to prevent pipes from freezing and bursting during the cold-weather months. A burst  pipe is almost always temperature-related. When the water inside a pipe freezes, the ice causes an increase in pressure; when the pressure gets too high, it ruptures.

Here a few tips to prevent your pipes from freezing:

  • Let cold water trickle from faucets, particularly for pipes along outside walls.
  • Wrap pipes in insulation or layers of newspapers.
  • Open cabinet doors under sinks along outside walls to circulate heat. If there are stored chemicals, keep them away from kids & pets.
  • Planning to escape the frigid cold for a warmer climate? Always set your thermostat above 55 degrees.

If pipes do freeze:

  • Open a faucet & let water drip as it melts. A hair dryer works well to thaw. Never thaw with an open flame or torch.
  • In the event of an after hours emergency freeze-up contact the Department of Public Safety 978-443-1042 who will page and dispatch an on-call water technician.

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