Stop your water pipes from freezing this winter by following the necessary steps in this easy ‘how to’ guide. Frozen pipes are not only an inconvenience to residents; they can also cause hundreds or thousands of dollars in damages to your home and belongings.
Fortunately, there are a few simple and inexpensive precautions you can take to keep your water pipes from freezing.
For above-ground outdoor water pipes, purchase insulated fiberglass pipe wrap from a local home supply store. The fiberglass wrap is specially designed for outdoor pipes and, when applied according to package directions, it should keep your water pipes flowing freely.
For indoor water pipes in your basement, garage or other unheated area, purchase a reflective foil pipe wrap from your home supply store. Reflective foil pipe wraps are designed to work indoors, capitalizing on the warm air that escapes from heated areas of the house and the energy from hot water pipes.
For indoor water pipes in common areas such as the kitchen or bathroom, keeping the thermostat in the house set above 60 degrees at all times will prevent the pipes from freezing. If you don't wish to heat the whole house, invest in a space heater for areas where the temperature can go below 40 degrees.
Standing water freezes quicker and more easily than flowing water. To allow water to continuously flow through your pipes, turn the taps in your bathrooms and kitchen to a very slow drip overnight or any time you'll have your thermostat set below 60 degrees.