If you’re like most homeowners, you know that you have to prevent your pipes from freezing.
But where do you start?
How to Prevent Frozen Pipes
Insulating your pipes is just about the best way to prevent them from freezing this winter. You can use a pipe-heating cable on all exterior pipes if you don’t think your home’s insulation is sufficient.
And in winter, it’s important to let your pipes drip when you’re not using them. That’s particularly true if the water is coming from an exterior pipe.
You can keep your under-sink cabinet doors open, which will keep room-temperature air circulating around the pipes (those cabinets can get really cold when they’re on outside walls). Also, make sure you’ve sealed all the external openings on basement doors, windows and crawlspaces with weatherstripping, caulk and sealant.
If you suspect that your pipes are freezing – or if they’re already frozen – because your faucets aren’t delivering water, it may be time to call a plumber. If a pipe bursts, you could have thousands of dollars of water damage on your hands.
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