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Thursday, December 5, 2013

Winter Pipe Maintenance

When the mercury takes a nosedive, water in your pipes can freeze, causing them to rupture. Next thing you know, your Twin Cities water systems are all flooding your home, ruining your furnishings, and you have to pay to have it all repaired and replaced. It’s expensive and problematic. But you can avoid this for your Twin Cities water system by following these valuable tips from Gene's Water and Sewer. 

Wrap Up for Winter
If exposed, wrap your Twin Cities water system with insulating material. Pipes under kitchen sinks, in crawl spaces, near windows or in unheated basements are areas especially vulnerable to sub-zero hazards. Be sure to look at any point a pipe leaves/enters the home. 

Locate Your Shut-off Valve
Find the inside water shut-off valve for your TwinCities water system now! (Actually, when you’re done reading this.) The shut-off valve controls all of the water coming into your home. If a pipeline bursts, knowing the location of the shut-off valve, and how to turn it off, can save precious time and help avoid water damage.  

The shut-off valve may be located in the basement, in a utility closet, near a shower, under the kitchen sink, near the hot water heater or even under the house in a crawlspace.

If you find it, turn it to the off position to protect your Twin Cities water system. Then attempt to turn on each of the faucets in your home; if no water comes out, you’ve found the main shut-off valve!  Once you locate the main shut-off valve to your Twin Cities water system, mark it so everyone in the household can locate it should an emergency crop up.

Be Certain You Have it Covered
This isn’t too difficult a concept but often homeowners with Twin Cities water systems overlook this. Cover exposed pipe areas with something to protect the water systems from the elements, nomatter how large or small the piping. Keep the garage door closed if you have a slab foundation. Some water pipes are located under concrete floors in the garage.

Are you in need of Twin Cities water system repairs? Give us a call today at 612-781-3737 or contact us  online.

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