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Posted on: January 3, 2018

[ARCHIVED] Keep your pipes from freezing

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Here’s what to keep an eye on:  

  • Outdoor hose bibs, pool supply lines, lawn sprinkler lines exposed to weather.
  • Water pipes in unheated areas like basements, crawl spaces, attics, garages, kitchen cabinets.
  • Pipes along exterior walls with little or no insulation.

How to keep pipes from freezing:

  • Close inside valves that supply outdoor hose bibs.  Allow hose bibs to drain and then keep their valves open.
  • Add insulation to attics, basements and crawl spaces.
  • Look in the garage and under kitchen and bathroom cabinets for water lines in unheated spaces.
  • Insulate both hot and cold water pipes in those areas.
  • Check your hardware store for products like pipe sleeves or heat tape to insulate exposed water pipes.
  • Keep your garage door closed if there are any water lines inside.  
  • Open kitchen and bathroom cabinet doors to let warm air circulate around the plumbing.
  • When it’s very cold out, let the cold water drip from any faucets served by exposed pipes.
  • Set your thermostat for the same temperature day and night.
  • If you are going away, set the heat to 55°

How to Thaw Frozen Pipes

  • Keep the faucet open.
  • Apply heat to the section of pipe most exposed to the cold using a heating pad, a hair dryer, a space heater or with towels soaked in hot water.  
  • Apply heat until full water pressure is restored. If you can’t thaw the pipe, call a plumber.
  • Check all the faucets in your home to see if you have other frozen pipes.

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