Dec 2, 2013 7:54 PM by Alyse Rzemek
Below freezing temperatures in the forecast this week, has the Colorado Springs Fire Department reminding the community to prepare and protect your pipes. When the temperatures drop pipes are more prone to freeze causing pipes in homes and businesses to burst. This can cause you extensive and costly water damage.
There are some simple steps you can take to help ensure the pipes in and around your home or business are ready for the cold temperatures:
For businesses, your fire systems properly maintained, conduct a physical inspection of all buildings and areas. Also, know how to operate the sprinkler system and shut down the system in the event a pipe bursts.
For homeowners, check your home where water supply lines are located in unheated areas. Look in the basement, crawl space, attic, garage, and under kitchen and bathroom cabinets. Both hot and cold water pipes in these areas should be insulated.
Properly drain automatic landscaping sprinkler systems and disconnect all hoses from water supplies around the outside of your home. When the weather is very cold outside, let the cold water drip from the faucet served by exposed pipes. Running water through the pipe - even at a trickle - helps prevent pipes from freezing.