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Fall is the Best Time to Winterize Homes

American Water Offers Tips to Keep Pipes from Freezing and Breaking

Greenwood, Ind. – WEBWIRE

With an early cold snap gripping the state, Indiana American Water is urging customers to secure homes and businesses against freezing pipes to avoid costlyrepairs.

Indiana American Water President Alan DeBoy stresses that it’s important to make preparations to prevent water damage from frozen and burst pipes before temperatures plunge. “Although the winter season can pose many challenges to a homeowner, one of the biggest and most costly is the risk of frozen pipes. When ice expands inside pipes, it can crack and burst the pipe, leaving homeowners with a costly plumbing bill, and thousands of dollars in damages from water leaking inside the house,” he explained.

Luckily, these problems are preventable by evaluating areas of vulnerability throughout the home.
Implementing the following winterization tips now can help avoid headaches later:

  • Search your house for uninsulated pipes, especially in unheated areas. Consider wrapping pipes with electric heating tape, but follow manufacturers’ instructions carefully to avoid a fire hazard.
  • Seal cracks and holes in outside walls and foundations, especially where cable TV or phone lines enter the house, with caulking to keep cold winds away from pipes.
  • If your home is heated by a hot-water radiator, bleed the valves by opening them slightly.Close them when water appears.
  • Make certain that the water to your hose bibs is shut off inside your house (via a turnoff valve), and that the lines are drained.
  • Drain and shut off entirely the water to any unoccupied residence such as a summer or vacation home. A loss of power during a winter storm could cause pipes to freeze. If you intend to leave a property entirely without heat, be sure to drain all water to prevent the possibility of frozen pipes.
  • Set the thermostat at 55 degrees if you’re going out of town. Although you may be able to get away with a lower temperature, this setting is considered to be safe for pipes.
  • Consider wrapping your water heater in an insulation blanket. While not really at danger for freezing, this can lower your heating bills.

Additional information on preventing frozen pipes is available on the company’s home page at

About Indiana American Water
Indiana American Water, a subsidiary of American Water (NYSE: AWK), is the largest investor-owned water utility in the state, providing high-quality and reliable water and/or wastewater services to more than1.2 million people. Founded in 1886, American Water (NYSE: AWK) is the largest publicly traded U.S.water and wastewater utility company. With headquarters in Voorhees, N.J., the company employs approximately 6,600 dedicated professionals who provide drinking water, wastewater and other related services to an estimated 14 million people in more than 40 states and parts of Canada. More information can be found at



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