Frozen water pipes will not keep you from enjoying a beautiful winter season as long as you take a few simple steps to minimize the possibility of costly repairs due to frozen water pipes. Once a frozen water pipe breaks the damage to your home from water can be both extensive and expensive.
- Turn off the water supply to external spigots and leave the outdoor spigot open during the winter. Ice forming in a closed spigot can cause interior pipes to freeze even if the interior space is heated.
- If you plan to be away for several days and lower the heat leave any cabinet doors under sinks open to permit air circulation.
- Fit exposed pipes with insulation sleeves or wrapped insulation to minimize heat transfer. This type pipe may be outside your home, in a crawl space or an unheated garage.
- Caulk or seal holes in exterior walls or foundations near water pipes.
Finally, if you plan to be away for an extended period of time you should arrange for a licensed plumber to winterize your home – it will go a long way in protecting your property from frozen water pipes and minimizing problems with your insurance carrier.
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