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Prevent Frozen Pipes
When stationary water inside pipes drops to about 30 degrees Fahrenheit, pipes can freeze. When water freezes, it expands, which can then break pipes, flood interiors and cause major damage. As a preventive measure, Aqua Pennsylvania encourages homeowners to take the following steps ahead of the severe winter weather:
Make sure to have a supply of heat tape and pipe insulation, as well as a portable space heater and a hair dryer on hand.
Wrap pipes with insulation material or heat tape and wrap indoor water meters with a blanket.
Proper and safe use of portable space heaters can also keep exposed pipes in drafty areas from freezing.
Customers can thaw areas of frozen pipe by using a hair dryer. Hold the dryer six inches from the pipe and move the warm air back and forth. If this does not work, or the pipe is split, call a plumber.