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.