Avoid Frozen Pipes

Cold weather can equal frozen pipes. Here are few tips for when temperatures drop below zero:  

  • Let warm water drip overnight, preferably from a faucet on an outside wall of the house. This small amount of water might be all it takes to keep your pipes from freezing.
  • Open cabinet doors to allow heat to get to uninsulated pipes under sinks near exterior walls.
  • Set the thermostat in your house no lower than 55 degrees. 
  • Insulate pipes in your home's crawl space and attic. These exposed pipes are most susceptible to freezing. Insulation, heat tape or thermostatically-controlled heat cables can help.
  • Seal leaks that allow cold air inside near where pipes are located (e.g. electrical wiring, dryer vents and pipes).
  • Disconnect garden hoses.
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If your water pipes are frozen, or if there is only a trickle, try some of the helpful tips listed below before calling a plumber:

  • Locate where the water comes into your home - basement, crawl space, garage. Is there heat to that area? Is the vent to your water closet (where your water heater is located) open?
  • Open a faucet, let a trickle run. If there is no water at all, leave the faucet open, but make sure the drains are clear.
  • Open your cabinet doors to let heat in on your pipes. A small space heater would work well.
  • Run a hair dryer on your pipe so heat can dispense through your plumbing system. 
If you are completely out of water after trying these steps, call us at 720-733-6000.