winter

Worried about your pipes freezing in this frigid Michigan weather? We’ve got some tips and myths to help protect your home and prevent your pipes from freezing this winter.

Tips:
1 – Most water meter and lines come into the house in a corner of the basement. Make sure there are no broken windows, cracks in walls or drafty areas by the meter and line.
2 – Insulate the meter and pipe exposed. You can use batting insulation, or foam pipe, both of which can be found at most hardware stores.
3 – For those in mobile homes, heat tape may be the best option, although not the most energy efficient.
4 - If you’re away from your home, set your thermostat no lower than 55 degrees.

Myths:
While it’s true that running water doesn’t usually freeze, economically speaking, a customer will end up paying more in the long run by keeping a drip going, rather than insulating the meter and pipe properly. Caulking cracks, fixing windows and insulating are all great things homeowners can do, at a low cost, to help prevent pipes from freezing.

Oh, no! Your pipes are already frozen. What Now?

If you turn on your faucet and just a small trickle of water comes out, your pipes might be frozen. Call a licensed plumber as soon as possible.

Additionally:
1 – Turn off the water at your home’s main shut-off valve
Keep the faucet open so water has a better chance of flowing through the frozen area
2 - Never try to thaw a pipe yourself
3 - Never use electrical appliances in area of standing water
4 - Check for other frozen pipes throughout your home

If you have questions about your water meter or service, please contact Holland BPW at 616.355.1500