- Insulate pipes in unheated interior areas such as crawl spaces and attics.
- Wrap pipes in heat tape or thermostatically-controlled heat cables.
- Open cabinet doors to expose pipes to warm air.
- Seal any leaks with caulk or insulation that may allow cold air to ventilate the pipes.
- Disconnect outdoor items such as hoses and faucets.
- Shut off these items completely using an indoor valve and allow the excess water to drain out.
- Do not use antifreeze on these items as it is environmentally harmful.
- Trickle a little water out of your faucets periodically to keep water moving within the pipes.
- Keep your garage door closed if there is a water supply located inside your garage.
- Keep your thermostat set at the same temperature during the day and night. If you lower the temperature of your home at night, you are running the risk of freezing your pipes, even though your heating bills may be a bit higher.
- Do not set your thermostat lower than 55° F when going on vacation. Ask someone to periodically check the temperature in your home while you are away.
Preventing Frozen Pipes
January 23, 2014