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What to do for freezing weather.

by Admin Esparros Properties
March 10, 2015
Category:   Tenant Informaton

Here is a reminder of things we ask you to check in freezing weather conditions.

It is important to drip water water in areas where pipes are located in exterior walls. In most cases that means dripping in the bathtub for sure.
Please let us know if you have any questions. Be safe and warm.

  • Make sure all hoses are disconnected from outdoor faucets. This allows water inside the pipes to drain.
  • Please check to see if your outside faucets have covers on them. If not, and you have a cover that we used last year please cover the faucet.  If you do not have a faucet cover, please use newspaper or rags wrapped in a plastic bag to cover the faucet.
  • Please keep the bathroom door and cabinet doors in the kitchen and bathroom where plumbing is located open so that they receive some heat from inside the house.
  • Please drip water from the inside faucets. The drip can be very slow. Even a slow drip can prevent water from freezing inside a pipe.
  • This is info from the State Farm website –
    • A trickle of hot and cold water might be all it takes to keep your pipes from freezing. Let warm water drip overnight, preferably from a faucet on an outside wall.
    • Keep your thermostat set at the same temperature during both day and night. You might be in the habit of turning down the heat when you’re asleep, but further drops in the temperature – more common overnight – could catch you off guard and freeze your pipes.
    • Open cabinet doors to allow heat to get to un-insulated pipes under sinks and appliances near exterior walls.

1) Make sure all hoses are disconnected from outdoor faucets. This allows water inside the pipes to drain.
2) Please check to see if your outside faucets have covers on them. If not, and you have a cover that we used last year please cover the faucet.
If you do not have a faucet cover, please use newspaper or rags wrapped in a plastic bag to cover the faucet.
3) Please keep the bathroom door and cabinet doors in the kitchen and bathroom where plumbing is located open so that they receive some heat from inside the house.
4) Please drip water from the inside faucets. The drip can be very slow. Even a slow drip can prevent water from freezing inside a pipe.
This info for running water is from the SWBNO.org website –
Run Water When the temperature drops below freezing, water flowing through your pipes may freeze. Freezing water expands and can cause pipes to crack and break. Not only are you without water, but when the water thaws it will flow freely from the broken pipe possibly causing damage, increasing water bills and requiring professional repair. If a freeze is expected, here are recommended precautions for both slab and raised houses. If you expect a hard or prolonged freeze, allow a PENCIL LEAD THIN (1/16) inch) stream of water to run from faucets until the temperature rises. Please do not do this any longer than necessary because it can increase your water bill, and it reduces city water pressure which can make it difficult to fight fires. Running water WILL NOT protect toilets, ice machines, or other appliances where water cannot be continuously run.

5) This is info from the State Farm website –
When The Mercury Drops
• a) A trickle of hot and cold water might be all it takes to keep your pipes from freezing. Let warm water drip overnight, preferably from a faucet on an outside wall.
• b) Keep your thermostat set at the same temperature during both day and night. You might be in the habit of turning down the heat when you’re asleep, but further drops in the temperature – more common overnight – could catch you off guard and freeze your pipes.
• c) Open cabinet doors to allow heat to get to un-insulated pipes under sinks and appliances near exterior walls.


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