WSSC Tips to Prevent Frozen Pipes

As the region experiences temperatures below freezing through Friday, Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission (WSSC) officials are reminding customers of a few tips that may prevent frozen or broken pipes inside the home.

–Tightly close all doors and windows.
–Seal all leaks in crawl spaces and basements.
–Ask your local hardware store about materials to insulate pipes and meters.
–Repair broken windows, doors and walls.
–Cover vents from the inside with insulation, cardboard, plastic or newspaper if they will not close.
–Maintain heat in your home.
–Open cabinet doors in kitchen and bathrooms to allow room heat to warm pipes.
–Insulate outside walls.
–Let water trickle from faucet of a vulnerable pipe.

If a pipe in your home freezes:

–Completely open the cold water faucet nearest the frozen pipe. This relieves the pressure and reduces the chance of breakage.
–Use a hand-held dryer if you decide to thaw the pipe yourself.
–If you’re not certain what to do, call a registered plumber.

If a pipe inside your home breaks:

–Shut off your main water valve.
–Call a plumber immediately.

WSSC is responsible for water mains in the street and the connections to your home or business, but not the pipes on your property.

The “24/7” rapid response center handles emergency calls and quickly dispatches crews to fix broken or leaking pipes that bring water to the property line. To report water or sewer emergencies, call our emergency call center at 1.800.828.6439.

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One Response to “WSSC Tips to Prevent Frozen Pipes”

  1. On March 13, 2014 at 9:21 am responded with... #

    It is best to shut off water sources in preparation of winter.

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