How to Prevent Frozen Pipes

You can do the following to help prevent frozen pipes:

  • Disconnect water hoses from outdoor faucets before the temperature drops below freezing. 

  • Wrap outdoor pipes and faucets with insulating materials.

  • 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.

  • 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 which allows warm air to circulate around plumbing fixtures.

  • Cracks in outside walls or foundations should be sealed to keep cold air away from pipes. 

Contact a licensed plumber for information on thawing frozen pipes.