Five basic steps to help prevent frozen pipes

As water freezes, it expands and causes pressure on pipes and they can bust as an end result. Damage can occur not only in the pipes, but other areas of the home, too. This can be expensive to repair for homeowners, so taking precautions to prevent frozen water pipes is always a good step.

Below are five steps to help protect against frozen pipes:

  •  Close crawl spaces vents and also keep garage doors closed as well.
  •  The thermostat is key when it comes to cold weather. Keep the temperature at 65° F at a minimum and if you are leaving for vacation then do not let it go below 55° F.
  •  In extreme cold temperatures, let water drip from a faucet. Even small drops will help prevent frozen pipes.
  •  Another way to protect pipes is to wrap them in heating tape. The tape only needs to be around a ¼ inch, but it can aid in insulation. Newspaper can also work if the temperature is not an extreme case.
  •  For outdoor items such as water hoses, make sure they are unscrewed from water faucets. It is also good practice to check other areas around the house where water lines may be located. When it comes to swimming pools, water should be drained.

These are useful steps to take for winter pipe protection. The most comprehensive solution is to add insulation to your attic and basement/crawl spaces.  Be sure to seal cracks and openings around windows, doors, and sill plates where the house rests on its foundation.  This not only helps prevent your pipes from freezing, but will also save on your utility bill.