Frozen Pipes? Uh Oh!


It’s a freezing cold winter morning and you wake up and head to the bathroom. When turning on the faucet, nothing comes out. Uh oh! You may have a frozen pipe – what should you do? Or, what can you do to prevent this expensive situation in the first place? According to The Boston Globe, “Every winter some 250,000 families in the United States see at least one room in their home damaged by water pipes freezing and breaking.”

I’ve decided to gather some helpful information that will help ┬áto keep the water flowing inside when the temperatures drop outside!

Which pipes are at high risk of freezing?

  • Pipes located in exterior walls.
  • All plumbing on the exterior of your home.
  • Exposed pipes in areas that are unheated in your home.

How can I prepare before it gets cold?

  • Insulate water pipes with heat cable, heat tape or pipe sleeves, especially pipes that run through unheated areas of your home like the basement, attic, garage, etc.
  • Drain water from your swimming pool and water sprinkler lines. Refrain from putting antifreeze in these lines – it’s harmful to the environment as well as humans, pets and landscaping.
  • Leave faucets just slightly dripping so the water is still moving and doesn’t freeze

What should I do when my pipes leak?

You may want to turn the water off to your house, and call a plumber! Especially if it is a slow leak, consider buying disposable diapers and wrap one around the leak. While this is completely temporary, it should prevent any water damage from occurring.

Helpful articles
How pipes freeze and burst, and what to do to prevent damage
How to protect your home from water damage
Preventing frozen & thawing pipes – American Red Cross

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