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How To Protect Your Pipes From Freezing

Every winter as the temperatures drop many homeowners worry about the possibility of their pipes freezing and having a pipe burst sending water into their home.  Pipes that are exposed to the environment, in basements, or attics can be vulnerable to freezing.  To help prevent pipes from freezing, we have put together a few tips.

  • Insulate the pipes with foam wrapping and make sure you tape the foam to seal up any potential exposure areas.
  • Open your cabinet doors in your kitchen and bathroom where pipes are located. This will allow warm air to flow easier into those areas.
  • Turn on your faucet and allow a very slow drip to flow through the pipes.  Water is less likely to freeze when it is running.  (Mainly important for outside pipes.)
  • Keep your garage door closed if you have pipes in your garage. This will help to keep heat inside.
  • Remember to keep the heat on even if you leave for a winter vacation.
  • If you do leave your home during the winter, consider turning off your water.  Make sure you allow your pipes to drain in order to release any water still in the pipes.

If you do experience a pipe freeze, turn off the water and call a plumber.

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