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Ways to prevent frozen pipes this winter:

11/16/2021 (Permalink)

Pictures of a frozen pipe Say no to frozen pipes this winter.

The winters here in Cheyenne Wyoming are no joke. What comes to mind when you think of winter in Cheyenne? In Cheyenne, the winter is all about snowflakes, hot cocoa, white fluffy snow, fireplace, freezing winds, and sledding. It is all fun and games until you walk into your home, and you find out that your pipes have frozen. 

Here are a few tips from the Red Cross to help avoid frozen pipes:

  • Keep the garage door closed, especially if you have water supply lines in the garage.
  • Open kitchen and bathroom cabinet doors to allow for warmer air to circulate.
  • If it gets VERY cold outside, allow some cold water to drip from the indoor faucets. A little running water can prevent pipes from freezing 
  • Keep your thermostat set to the same temperature during the day and night.
  • If you are going to be away for the winter keep your thermostat running never lower than 55° F. 

If your pipes do freeze over, here are a few tips on how to thaw them:

  1. If you turn on a faucet and only a little bit of water comes out, suspect a frozen pipe. 
  2. Keep the faucet open. As you thaw the frozen pipes, keeping the faucet open will help melt the ice in the pipe.
  3. Using an electric heating pad wrapped around the pipe to help. You can also use an electric hair dryer, portable space heater or by wrapping your pipes with towels soaked in hot water. DO NOT use: kerosene, propane heater, blowtorch, charcoal stove, or any open flame devices. 
  4. Check to make sure other pipes are not frozen. If one pipe freezes, there is a high chance others did too.  

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to give us a call at (307)514-9011.

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