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Posted on Oct 16th, 2017

Winterize your home!!

PLEASE DRIP A FAUCET TO PREVENT FROZEN PIPES!
Management has received numerous calls regarding frozen pipes in the community.  If you are experiencing water problems, please contact Fairfax Water at 703-698-5800 (non-emergency) or 703-698-5613 (emergency) or click here for more information.

Why Pipes Burst

Ice forming in a pipe does not typically cause a break where the ice blockage occurs. It's not the radial expansion of ice against the wall of the pipe that causes the break. Rather, following a complete ice blockage in a pipe, continued freezing and expansion inside the pipe causes water pressure to increase downstream -- between the ice blockage and a closed faucet at the end. It's this increase in water pressure that leads to pipe failure. 
Take Action – Please!!

  • When it is very cold outside, let water drip from the faucets.  Running water through the pipes, even a trickle; helps prevent pipes from freezing because the temperature of the water running through it is above freezing.  
  • Open kitchen and bathroom cabinet doors to allow warmer air to circulate around the plumbing.
  • Keep the thermostat set to the same temperature both during the day and at night.  A temporarily higher heating bill is no comparison to the cost and inconvenience of repairing burst pipes.
  • If you will be away from your home, leave the heat on and set to a temperature no lower than 60 degrees.