November 20 2023 0comment

Prepare Now To Avoid Frozen Pipes

We’re about to trade the 50’s for the 30’s and the teens won’t be far behind. Now is the time to prepare so you don’t wake up to find a foot and a half of water in your basement due to a frozen pipe that burst. Most homes’ water pipes are safe but some homeowners, especially those with garages under living space or those with pipes running through unheated areas, should take precautions to keep pipes from freezing:

  • Insulate pipes in unheated areas like crawlspaces, unheated garages and attics.
  • Pay special attention to pipes near basement windows and make sure they are well insulated.
  • Leave some heat on in unused areas of your home.
  • If you go out of town for a few days, keep your thermostat on at least 55 degrees and open any cabinets where sink plumbing is against an outside wall. If necessary, keep a pencil-thin stream of cold water flowing from a faucet to prevent freezing.
  • If you are leaving town for an extended period, have your home and pipes professionally winterized.

If a pipe does freeze and burst, know where your water system master shutoff valve is – normally in the basement – and turn off the water to prevent more damage.

In this video from Today’s Home Remodeler TV, Plumbers 75 member Luke Bauer from Monona Plumbing explains how to prevent outdoor faucets from bursting pipes.

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