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Ways to Help Prevent Pipes from Freezing and the Ensuing Water Damage

  1. Shut off all your outside water faucets and disconnect the garden houses.

  2. Insulate! Wrap pipe insulation around the pipes you can see in your attic or under your home. Strap foam blocks around the outside water faucets around your house. Use heating elements wrapped around your pipes in areas especially prone to extreme cold.

  3. Make sure the temperature in your home is around 68 degrees or higher. The warm air inside your home will radiate into your walls, attic, crawlspace, and other areas of your home that may typically get too cold.

  4. Use space heaters in your garage or other areas that are not heated. (Do not leave heaters unattended)

  5. Let your pipes drip. Find the faucet that is the farthest point from where the water enters your house and turn it on just enough to keep the water flowing through the pipes. The water flow will help keep it from freezing in the line.

  6. Get some new home tech. With all the advancement of sensors and other technology, we have seen some great new items that help monitor and notify you in case of a water leak.

Utilizing some of these things can help you be able to respond sooner to water leaks to keep the damage to a minimum, save you thousands of dollars and a lot of headache.