Tips to Avoid Bursting Pipes

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    NEWSLETTERS

    TK
    Branford Fire Department
    Tips to avoid this happening in your home or business.

    Emergency crews in several towns have been responding to bursting pipes in homes and businesses and offer tips for others to avoid the problem.

    The Branford Fire Department has put together the following tips.

    1. Keep your heat turned up, now is not the time to conserve energy.
    2. If you have pipes on an outside wall, open cabinets, closets, or crawl spaces where they may be to get heat in the area.
    3. If your neighbor is away, contact them if you can and ask them if they turned the heat down or off in their units. This is common for folks that go on vacation or to Florida for the winter. Urge them to turn the heat up or have it turned up if at all possible.
    4. Run water slowly if you cannot get heat to hidden pipe areas.
    5. If you are a business owner and have a sprinkler system, make sure your building is kept warm 24/7 and if you have a "dry" system make sure the compressor is operating properly.
    6. Know where your water shut off is in case of a break
    7. If you have a frozen pipe or frozen pipes, shut the water off and call a licensed plumber for help

    With more cold weather and wind coming tonight, officials urge residents and business owners to prepare now.

    The Branford Fire Department said it has experienced a high volume of water-related emergencies due to broken water pipes. Sprinkler and water supply pipes are breaking at an alarming rate, causing thousands of dollars in damage to numerous businesses and residential homes/apartments.

    The Ridge Road Elementary School in North Haven is closed because of a burst pipe and the Stadley Rough School in Danbury has an early dismissal for the same issue.

    Over the weekend, a pipe burst at the Hampton Inn & Suits on Hendel Drive in Mystic, causing 7,500 gallons of water to leak.

    Emergency crews in several towns have been responding to bursting pipes in homes and businesses and offer tips for others to avoid the problem.

    The Branford Fire Department has put together the following tips.

    Keep your heat turned up, now is not the time to conserve energy.

    If you have pipes on an outside wall, open cabinets, closets, or crawl spaces where they may be to get heat in the area.

    If your neighbor is away, contact them if you can and ask them if they turned the heat down or off in their units. This is common for folks that go on vacation or to Florida for the winter. Urge them to turn the heat up or have it turned up if at all possible.

    Run water slowly if you cannot get heat to hidden pipe areas.

    If you are a business owner and have a sprinkler system, make sure your building is kept warm 24/7 and if you have a "dry" system make sure the compressor is operating properly.

    Know where your water shut off is in case of a break

    If you have a frozen pipe or frozen pipes, shut the water off and call a licensed plumber for help

    With more cold weather and wind coming tonight, officials urge residents and business owners to prepare now.

    The Branford Fire Department said it has experienced a high volume of water-related emergencies due to broken water pipes. Sprinkler and water supply pipes are breaking at an alarming rate, causing thousands of dollars in damage to numerous businesses and residential homes/apartments.

    The Ridge Road Elementary School in North Haven is closed because of a burst pipe and the Stadley Rough School in Danbury has an early dismissal for the same issue.

    Over the weekend, a pipe burst at the Hampton Inn & Suits on Hendel Drive in Mystic, causing 7,500 gallons of water to leak.