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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