Leaving household water pipes unprotected in freezing temperatures can bring major plumbing headaches this spring. To help its customers prepare for the colder months, New Jersey American Water offers the following guidelines to customers leaving their homes for the winter and in particular, those customers whose homes were damaged by Hurricane Sandy last month:
If you choose to leave the water service on during a time when the house is unoccupied:
“We hope that homeowners would follow these tips to avoid situations where their pipes freeze and could burst in cold weather and lead to costly repair bills,” said Stephen Schmitt, New Jersey American Water vice president of operations.
If one’s pipes do freeze, New Jersey American Water recommends that customers:
New Jersey 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 approximately 2.5 million people. Founded in 1886, American Water is the largest publicly traded U.S. water and wastewater utility company. With headquarters in Voorhees, N.J., the company employs more than 7,000 dedicated professionals who provide drinking water, wastewater and other related services to approximately 15 million people in more than 30 states, as well as parts of Canada. More information can be found by visiting www.amwater.com.