Prevent Water Pipes from Freezing

As a reminder during extreme cold weather, it is recommended that residents let their water run from a sink tap, so that the flow is around the size of a pencil lead. This keeps water moving through the piping, and will help prevent water lines from freezing.

Water expands when it freezes which could mean trouble for your water pipes. Busted water supply lines can be a costly problem for property owners.

Burst Water Pipe
Tips to Save Your Pipes
Here are some tips to prevent frozen pipes during extreme cold temperatures:

  • Open cabinet doors under sinks. Opening cabinet doors allows warm air to circulate around the pipes. Be sure to move cleaners and harmful chemicals out of the reach of children or pets.
  • Keep the thermostat on 60 degrees or above. When you leave for work or if you’ll be away from home during extreme cold weather, set the thermostat no lower than 60 degrees.
  • Let a faucet trickle. When the temperature dips below zero, let at least 1 faucet in your home trickle water. Running water through the pipes helps prevent freezing.
  • Insulate pipes. Install pipe sleeves or heat tape on exposed water pipes.
  • Know where your home’s water shut-off valve is located. Should a pipe burst, knowing where to shut off the water to your home can prevent you from having a big and expensive mess on your hands.