Preventing Freezing Water Pipes. Part I

It’s been dipping a bit below 32 degress F, so here’s our top tips to prevent those water pipes from freezing.

1. Disconnect and drain all garden hoses
2. Keep garage doors closed if there are water supply lines in the garage.
3. Open kitchen and bathroom cabinet doors to allow warmer air to circulate around the plumbing
4. Indentify the location of the main water valve and the valve on your water heater.   (Learning the location of these valves may come in handy during an emergency)
5. Wrap pipes nearest exterior walls and in crawl spaces with pipe insulation or heating tape.  This will prevent freezing, especially for interior pipes that run along outside walls.
6. Keep the thermostat set to the same temperatures during the day and night.  By temporarily suspending the use of lower nighttime temperatures, you may incur a higher heating bill, but you can prevent a much more costly repair job if pipes freeze and burst.
7. Close all windows near water pipes.  Freezing temperatures combined with wind drafts can cause pipes to freeze more frequently.
8. During really cold weather, open the cold water tap and let the water run at a trickle to keep water in the pipes moving.  
 

Submitted By Dale Maples, Owner