It's Time to Prepare for The Freeze

It's Time to Prepare for The Freeze

February 11, 2021

Sub-freezing temperatures are headed our way and it is important that we all do our part to ensure that we reduce the amount of damage that could be done to your apartment home. We are doing our part by preparing the exteriors of our apartment buildings, vacant units and the clubhouse. Beyond that point we will be needing your vital assistance in preparing your homes for the coming weather.

Here are some things you can do to help reduce the risk of freezing pipes in your home.

  • Unhook any outdoor water hoses to your faucets.
  • Wrap outdoor pipes and faucets with newspaper, foam, rags or other insulating material. To keep the insulation in place, secure it with string, wire or tape.
  • Check hardware stores for insulation products that fit over outside water faucets.
  • Open doors under your sinks to provide warm air circulation in your apartment home.
  • Circulate the water in your home by dripping at least one sink in your apartment home.
  • Keep the temperature at 65 degrees or warmer in your apartment home.
  • If a leak is detected inside the unit, shut off the water to the unit immediately to prevent further damage and contact our emergency maintenance team.
  • If your water heater is located in an outside storage area, keep the door closed.
  • If you have a washer/dryer connection located outside in a room, keep the connections warm by leaving the light on, using insulation (towels or newspaper) at the base of the door, and turn on the dryer periodically.
  • Be prepared for short interruptions of utilities due to the increased demand.
  • You may want to have the following items on hand: a flashlight, batteries, bottled water, a battery-operated radio, and a fire extinguisher.
  • Fill your tub with water in case the City or area experiences loss of water pressure or no water due to frozen lines.

After you put these preventative measures in place, there may still be an incident. Temperatures will be dipping down into the 20s and will stay below the freezing mark for more than 24 hours. If you turn on a faucet and no water comes out, call the office and report it immediately. This means your line is frozen. Do not leave the faucet open as this is the number one cause of flooding.

If there is freezing rain, please be extra cautious when leaving your apartment. The patios, sidewalks, and stairs may be very slick. Exercise extreme caution when outside. 

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