Protect Your Pipes!

​​​​Broken PipeWith a little preparation, you can prevent burst pipes and avoid costly repairs during winter months. 

Before Cold Weather Strikes

  • Insulate any exposed pipes in your home's crawl spaces, attic, and outside walls. Common insulation materials include heat tape and foam tubing which can be purchased at your local home improvement store. The more insulation you use, the better protected your pipes will be.
  • Seal leaks that allow cold air inside your home near exposed pipes.
  • Disconnect any garden hoses and drain outdoor pipes. Turn the supply valve off and cover the exposed pipe(s) and faucet(s) with insulation.

When Freezing Temps Are Predicted

  • Since moving water will not freeze, allow a steady drip of cold water to flow from the highest faucet in your home. Using cold water will save you money on your energy bill.
  • Keep your thermostat at the same temperature both day and night, so that pipes stay warm as the outside temperature dips overnight.
  • Open cabinet doors to allow heat to reach exposed pipes under sinks.

​Before Going Out of Town

  • Shut off and drain the water system.  Be aware that if you have a fire protection sprinkler system in your house, it may be deactivated when you shut off the water.
  • Set your thermostat no lower than 55°F (12°C).
  • Have a friend or neighbor check on your home daily.​
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