Aqua Pennsylvania Tells Customers Without Heat How to Drain Their Plumbing to Avoid Frozen Pipes
BRYN MAWR, Pa.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Aqua Pennsylvania (Aqua) officials are providing customers without heat instructions on how to properly drain their internal plumbing should they choose that option to keep their internal plumbing from freezing and possibly rupturing while their homes are without heat.
“The tips we provide customers to keep their plumbing from freezing when they have access to heat and electricity in their home is different than when they are unable to heat their homes or have electricity available”
“The tips we provide customers to keep their plumbing from freezing when they have access to heat and electricity in their home is different than when they are unable to heat their homes or have electricity available,” explained Aqua President Steve Tagert who said the utility has gotten several calls asking what to do.
Tagert said that customers who feel that the temperature inside their property will drop below freezing and concerned with the possibility of frozen pipes may turn off the water to their home and drain their internal plumbing. Customers can take the following steps to safely drain their plumbing.
- Turn the water off at the main valve as it enters the house and/or at the meter
- Choose the lowest sink or laundry tub in the house and open the hot and cold water
- Go through the house and open all the hot and cold water spigots’ showers, etc., which will drain the lines into the laundry tub or sink a the low point in the house
- Flush all the toilets in the house to empty the toilet tanks
- Wrap the water meter and exposed pipe as it enters the house in blankets to thoroughly insulate that remaining live pipe
- When heat comes back to the house, slowly open the main valve while the spigots are open to properly vent all of the pipes in the house and remove the air
- Once you get water to each spigot or toilet close the spigots and open the main valve the remainder of the way
This process should protect most of the water lines in the house, although there is still the risk of traps for the drain lines in the house freezing. Homeowners have the option of pouring bio-friendly RV potable anti-freeze into each trap as an added precaution.
Aqua Pennsylvania serves approximately 1.4 million people in 31 counties throughout the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Visit AquaAmerica.com for more information, or follow Aqua on Facebook at facebook.com/MyAquaAmerica and on Twitter at @MyAquaAmerica.