Protect my Pipes
Frozen water lines cause major disruptions for homes and businesses. But there are some simple steps to avoid this threat.
Protecting Your Pipes Can Save You From Big Problems
Before Winter Arrives
- Insulate pipes in your home’s crawl space and attic. Exposed pipes in these areas are more susceptible to freezing.
- Close any openings with insulation or caulk that allow cold air to come in contact with the pipes. You can find air leaks particularly where there are vents, electric wiring and pipes.
- Heat tape can be used to further insulate pipes. Closely follow all manufacturers’ instructions if you plan to install the tape yourself. Otherwise, contact a licensed plumber to install it professionally.
- Disconnect any garden hoses. If possible, shut off and drain water from pipes leading to outside faucets.
Leaving Your House Over Winter
- Set your home’s thermostat no lower than 55°F.
- Have someone check on your house regularly to make sure everything is in order.
- Shut off and drain the water system in your house, and turn off your water heater.