Special attention should be paid to pipes in attics, crawl spaces and outside walls, especially if there are openings which allow cold outside air to reach pipes. Cable, television, and telephone lines can allow cold air to reach pipes through entry points. Vulnerable pipes which are accessible can be fitted with insulation sleeves or wrapping. Cracks and holes near water pipes can be sealed with caulking.

A dripping faucet during extreme cold weather can prevent a burst pipe. The open faucet may provide relief from pressure built up by an ice blockage. Both HOT and COLD water lines can freeze – the faucet drip should come from both lines. If dripping stops while the faucet is open, then a pipe may be frozen. The line may still need pressure relief; It may be a good idea to leave the faucet open – BUT keep an eye on turning it off when temperatures rise, and the water starts running.  If an open faucet produces no water, then call a plumber. Adam Magniccari of Solo Plumbing is my plumber: 917-589-3363. If a pipe bursts, then turn off the water at the main shut-off valve.

Monday, January 16 is a Federal Holiday – Martin Luther King Jr. Day.  Banks, post offices and schools are probably closed.

Call me. Love, Robin

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