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How to Prevent Pipes from Freezing

With the region seeing frigid weather again this week—we're talking single-digits—there's an increased risk of pipes freezing.

Here are some tips on how to avoid that situation and the "needless expense and aggravation" that comes with it.

  • Locate and insulate pipes most susceptible to freezing, typically those near outer walls, in the basement, crawl spaces or in the attic.
  • Wrap pipes with insulation or heat tape (UL approved).
  • Seal any leaks that allow cold air inside where pipes are located.
  • Locate water shut off valves, replace if necessary with a more reliable, quarter-turn ball valve.
  • Disconnect garden hoses; shut off and drain water from pipes leading to outside faucets. This reduces the chance of freezing in the short span of pipe just inside the house.
  • Make sure you and members of the household know how to shut off the water, in case pipes burst. Stopping the water flow minimizes the damage to your home.

Have your pipes ever burst? How did you handle the situation? Use the comments section to tell neighbors about your experience.

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