Tips to Prevent Frozen Pipes
Frozen water pipes can cause hundreds (if not thousands) of dollars' worth of damage, resulting from burst plumbing or damaged walls, ceilings, and floors. Before colder temperatures take hold, take time to make sure your water pipes do not freeze during the winter.
Locate pipes that are most susceptible to freezing: those near outer walls, in crawl spaces, or in attics. Both copper and plastic water pipes can burst. If pipes are close to an exposed outside wall, wrap pipes with pipe insulation or layers of newspaper with plastic to keep out moisture. As cold weather sets in, you can open any attic, closet, or cabinet door to let room heat in.
It only takes a day or two of sub-freezing temperatures to cause damage. If you plan to be away from home for a period of time, consider "winterizing" your pipes (turning off the main water valve and opening all faucets to drain the system), even if you have someone looking in on your home while you're gone. Be aware that leaks sometimes don't show up until a pipe thaws, which can cause extensive damage to walls.
If you own a rental property (vacant or occupied), check frequently to be sure the building is adequately heated or, in the case of a vacant property, consider winterizing the building as above.
If your water pipes do freeze, call a professional to thaw them. NEVER use a torch.
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