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‘Tis the Season for Frozen Pipes


When water freezes, expansion of pressure occurs up to 2,000 pounds per square inch. This can result in water spill/loss of several thousand gallons per hour and thousands of dollars of damage. Some tips you can apply to prevent freezing pipes in problem areas include: 1. Let the faucet drip slightly, as a trickle. 2. Leave under-sink cabinet doors open for air circulation. 3. Wrap pipes with electrical heat tape or foam insulation. 4. Temper unheated crawlspaces by elevating the heat level to about 40 degrees, just above freezing. These reminders, from Pennsylvania’s municipal water authorities, are shared by the Penn College Energy Conservation Subcommittee.

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