Frozen Pipes: Quick Tips to Protect Your Home and Your Wallet

During cold weather, water pipes in your home can freeze and cause serious damage. Fortunately, the mess and expense of frozen pipes is preventable. When the temperature dips, follow these quick and easy tips to prevent your pipes from freezing.

  • Keep your thermostat set to the same temperature throughout the day and night. You may incur a higher heating bill, but you will be preventing a more costly repair job.
  • If you are heading out of town, set the temperature in your home to no lower than 65ºF.
  • Open cabinets in your kitchen and bathroom to allow warmer air to circulate around the plumbing. Be mindful of any cleaners or chemicals you’ll want to move out of the reach of children.
  • Let cold water drip from your faucets. Even a trickle will help prevent freezing.
  • If you have water supply lines in your garage, keep the garage doors closed.

Read more on how to Prevent Damage from Freezing Temperatures from the Insurance Institute of Business & Home Safety and Preventing and Thawing Frozen Pipes from the Red Cross.

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