Easy Tips to Prevent Frozen Pipes
Exposed pipes and faucets. Disconnect water hoses from outdoor faucets before the temperature drops below freezing. Wrap outdoor pipes and faucets with insulating materials.
Know the location of the shutoff valve. Identify the locations of shutoff valves around the home in case there is a need to stop the flow of water.
Garages, attics, and crawl spaces. Wrap pipes and faucets located in unheated garages, attics, and crawl spaces with insulating materials; especially those located close to outside walls that are not insulated. If water supply pipes are in the garage, keep garage doors closed.
Inside the house. During periods of freezing temperatures, temporarily let cold water trickle at a slow, constant drip from faucets, especially those located close to outside walls. Leave cabinet doors open under kitchen and bathroom sinks. This allows warm air to circulate around plumbing.
Seal the gaps. Cracks in outside walls or foundations should be sealed to keep cold air away from pipes. During periods of freezing temperatures, cover or insulate foundation vents to help avoid cold air under the home.