Avoiding Frozen Pipes

frozen water drops on faucetThroughout the next few days, you can expect temperatures to be extremely cold. Your water pipes aren’t designed to handle such frigid temperatures.

Because of this, you want to keep your heat running at 65 degrees or higher to prevent the pipes from freezing.

  • Set indoor faucets to a slow drip to keep water moving.
  • For any indoor pipes and faucets on exterior walls, you want to leave the cabinets and closed doors open. Some common examples include laundry rooms, utility closets, and bathrooms with pipes in an exterior wall.
  • Outdoor faucets should be turned off from inside first. Then, go outside and turn the faucet on to eliminate any water from the pipes. You are better off leaving it open just to be safe no water was missed anywhere.
  • If possible, insulate the outside faucet with a cover after completing the above step.

If you plan on being away overnight or for an extended period of time, leave the hot and cold-water dripping, cabinet doors open, and heat at 65 degrees.

Notify your neighbors of any days that you won’t be in your home so they can contact you if an issue arises.