HOW TO PREVENT PIPES FROM FREEZING
the temperature starts dropping outside, you should take measures inside to keep your pipes warm and water running. Some may
go against your better instincts of conserving water and heat but the extra expense is nothing compared to a hefty repair
bill. Here’s what to do:
· Keep garage doors closed if there are water supply
lines in the garage
· Open kitchen and bathroom cabinet doors to allow
warmer air to circulate around the plumbing. (If you have small children, be sure to remove any harmful cleaners and household
· Let the cold water drip from a faucet served by
exposed pipes. Running water through the pipe—even at a trickle—helps prevent pipes from freezing.
· Keep the thermostat set to the same temperature
both during the day and at night.
· If you plan to be away during cold weather, leave
the heat on in your home, set to a temperature no lower than 55° F.
· For the long term, add insulation to attics, basements
and crawl spaces. Insulation will maintain higher temperatures in those areas.