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How to Prevent Pipes From Freezing

frozen pipes caused car damagePreventing pipes from freezing is important and any plumber can tell you, their busiest times are when there is a several day cold snap. Temperatures that linger in the teens and below are not only hazardous to you, but to your home too.  About a quarter of a million homes sustain damage from broken pipes every winter. Here’s how to avoid a similar fate. You’ll need pipe insulation and caulk.

Prevent Pipes from Freezing: Step 1

Unhook, drain and store outdoor hoses. Close any inside water valves that supply outdoor hose spigots. Leave outdoor spigot valves open to allow water to drain out. Remember to drain water from the supply lines that run to your swimming pool and sprinkler system.Unhook, drain and store outdoor hosed to prevent pipes from freezing

Insulate: Step 2

Find exposed pipes in unheated areas, such as basements, attics, crawl-spaces, and garages, and install insulation such as pipe sleeves, heat cable, or heat tape, on both cold and hot water pipes. Remember to use insulation products approved by an independent testing organization.pipe insulation keeps pipes from freezing

Caulk: Step 3

Use caulk to seal any areas where cold air can come in from. Look for air leaks around electrical wiring, dryer vents, and pipes.caulk keeps pipes from freezing

Close the Door: Step 4

Keep the garage door closed whenever possible to keep pipes in that space from freezing. You’d be amazed at how many people leave their garage door open all day and then are surprised to find their pipes have frozen.close garage door to prevent pipes from freezing

Open Cabinets: Step 5

Open kitchen and bathroom cabinets on exterior walls to allow warm air to circulate around pipes. It won’t be attractive but it’s a smart move to keep the pipes intact.Open cabinet doors to prevent pipes from freezing

Drip Water: Step 6

Let warm water drip from an exterior-wall faucet overnight when below-freezing temperatures persist. It’s so simple, yet so effective!Run water to prevent pipes from freezing

Set the Thermostat: Step 7

Keep the thermostat above 55 degrees – don’t get caught off guard by a flooding basement! Did you know that even a small crack in a pipe can leak up to 250 gallons of water a day? Well, it can!Set thermostat to keep pipes from freezing