Extreme Cold Precautions

Falling temperatures increase the chances of your pipes freezing. Below is information that will hopefully stop this from happening before it becomes a major problem! Feel free to forward this information onto your tenants.

-Temporarily turn on your cold and warm water in every sink so that there is a slow drip coming from both the hot and cold side. The water does not have to be running, it only needs to be a slow drip that is enough to keep the water moving throughout the water lines.

-Leave all bathroom doors open so that warm air can circulate. If there are heat vents in the bathroom make sure that they are open.

-Open the cabinets below your kitchen sink and in your bathroom if you have a sink with a vanity as this will allow warm air to circulate more freely.

-Make sure all doors and windows are closed and locked.

-If you notice that a bathroom or kitchen is unusually cold, notify your landlord immediately.

-Know where your water main shut off is located, if you do not know, ask your landlord.

-If you have a sink that will not turn on or a toilet that will not flush it may be because the line is frozen:
Contact your landlord immediately about the problem.
Go to the water main and turn the water off.
If you have a space heater, safely put it in the frozen area. Make sure heat vents are open, cabinets are open, and heat is circulating.
When the line defrosts, it has the greatest chance of breaking so please be prepared and make sure that the water is turned off.

If you have any questions or if you believe you have a frozen line, don’t hesitate to contact Campus Handyman immediately! We are here to help.

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