How to Prevent Frozen Pipes

Winter is slowly approaching and although the snow hasn’t started to fall, you need to start preparing! With the freezing temperatures rolling in your pipes could begin to freeze. There is nothing worse than a flood from a frozen pipe that results in water damage to your home.

This fall, we want you to be proactive and follow a few simple steps to prevent some expensive plumbing repairs.

Water Main:

Before the temperature drops below an undesirable temperature, you want to drain and shut off the water to any pipes at risk of freezing. For example, your swimming pool, garden hoses, and water sprinkler supplies. Close any inside valves that are supplying water outdoors. Always keep your outside valves open so that the water remaining in the pipe can expand without causing the pipe to burst.

Exterior Pipes:

Some pipes in your home are more at risk to freezing than others, for example ones located on the exterior. You need to consider installing insulated pipe sleeves on exposed pipes in unheated areas of your home.

Attic, Basement, and Crawl Space:

Adding insulation to your attic, basement, or crawl space that has any exposed pipes can help prevent water damage. Fiberglass insulation works well for these types of areas. If you are going to use heat lamps or space heaters, be careful and always turn them off before leaving the home.

Other Areas:

  • Garage- Keep your garage door closed at all times to prevent your garage pipes from freezing.
  • Bathrooms & Kitchens- On unexpected cold days, keep your cabinets doors in your bathroom and kitchen open. This will allow heat from your home to circulate underneath and warm up the pipes.
  • Cold Air Entry Point- Consider walking around your home and located any attic vents. Placing some foam board insulation in these entry points can keep the cold air out of your home. If you have any air leaks in the foundation of your home, purchase some caulk and seal them.

Be the best prepared for winter you can be. These tips won’t just help you prevent frozen pipes, but can also help get you more out of your heating bill.

However, if any water damage does happen to your home because of a frozen pipe, call your home insurance agent today. They will walk you through the process of making a claim.

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