Help protect your home frozen pipes with these simple steps:
- Check sprinkler or irrigation systems to be sure they are turned off and fully drained. Garden hoses should be disconnected, drained, and stored before the first hard freeze. Protect outside faucets with faucet covers.
- Identify your home’s freezing points. Check your home for pipes in areas that might be prone to freezing including crawlspaces under heated rooms. Pipes that are exposed to cold can be wrapped with an inexpensive foam pipe insulation or electrical pipe heaters. Even fabric or newspaper can help.
- When temperatures are predicted to dip below freezing, allow a small trickle of water to run overnight to keep pipes from freezing. The cost of the short term trickle is much less costly than a repair of a burst pipe.
- Keep your pipes warm. Open cabinet doors to expose pipes to warmer room temperatures.
- Keep the thermostat set to the same temperature day and night. If you plan to be away during cold weather leave the heat set to a temperature no lower than 55°.