Prepare Your Water Pipes
for Freezing Temps
Our Top Five Tips to Weatherize for Winter
Freezing temperatures. Whether you love them or hate them, there's one thing everyone can agree on: You don't want to worry about your pipes freezing this winter. Even more, you don't want to worry about your pipes bursting if they do freeze. That's why we've compiled a list of our top five tips for weathering your water pipes. Follow these tips to rest easily during freezing weather.
|Water pipes should be insulated, as above, with pipe wrap. Insulate the water heater as well to save money.|
Of course, there's no guarantee that your pipes won't freeze. If they do freeze, turn on your faucets and leave them on. Do not try to thaw a pipe with an open flame—call a plumber instead. If possible, do not use heat tape, as it can be a fire hazard. If your pipes burst, shut off water to prevent more damage, note the damages and call your insurance company. Most of all, be careful to avoid electrical shock. If the rupture is near an electrical outlet or device, turn off the breaker.