4 Steps to Take to Prevent Frozen Pipes In the Home

Posted December 16, 2014

Finding out that you have a frozen pipe during a cold snap can be more than an inconvenience. If the pipe bursts, it can be a major catastrophe. According to the Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety (IBHS), a frozen pipe that bursts typically results in more than $5,000 worth of water damage.

Before the severe cold weather sets in, it's important to ensure that your home's plumbing system is ready for the deep freeze. Here are some steps to take:

Before the Temperature Drops

1. Water pipes in unheated sections of the home such as the garage or areas where pipes are against an exterior wall, such as under kitchen or bathroom sinks, should be insulated if they are accessible.

2. Use an exterior caulk to seal any cracks or holes in outside walls.

Once the Temperature Drops

3. For pipes that are located near exterior walls, leave kitchen and bathroom cabinet doors open to allow indoor air to circulate warmer air around the pipes.

4. Once the deep freeze arrives, allowing faucets to drip slowly can prevent water from freezing by relieving pressure if water does freeze.

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