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Posted on: January 11, 2019

[ARCHIVED] Prevent Frozen Water Pipes in Sub-Zero Temperatures


Save yourself the trouble of frozen, bursting water pipes this winter by following some tips:

If there are water lines in your garage, keep the doors closed.

Open kitchen & bathroom cabinet doors to allow warmer air to circulate around the plumbing...especially if the cabinets are located inside an exterior wall.

In frigid temperatures outside, keep water dripping from the faucet served by exposed pipes. The drip or stream of water should be no larger than the lead in a pencil.

Close all windows near water pipes.

Keep your thermostat set at the same temperature during the day and night.  Keep your basement and all rooms above 32 degrees or water lines will freeze.

If you will be away during cold weather, leave the heat on in your home, no lower than 55 degrees.

Wrap pipes nearest exterior walls with insulation or heating tape.  Even newspaper wrapped around a pipe will help to insulate as long as there is no heat source near the pipes.

Heat your basement and consider weather-sealing windows.  

Should you have frozen pipes you can try to thaw them with a hair dryer or run a space heater near the frozen spot.  DO NOT use a torch.  Call your landlord or a plumber for help.

Water-Service-Pipe-Thawing Form (PDF)
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