Freezing Water Lines

Ruptured water lines can cause extensive damage to a home. During the winter, home owners should take precautions to prevent water lines from freezing. Here are some simple tips to protect your home.

  • Seal cracks in doors, windows and foundations. Small openings concentrate cold air, creating a cold blow torch that can quickly freeze pipes.
  • Open cabinets and closets that contain water lines to allow warm air to circulate around the plumbing.
  • Allow cold water to drip through faucets. Running or dripping water can help prevent water lines from freezing; however, even running water can freeze in sub-zero temperatures. 
  • Consider installing water pipe insulation. Local building supply stores carry a number of products designed specifically for this purpose. If you decide to use a heat tape, be sure it has the UL seal of approval.
  • Check pipe insulation periodically to make sure that it is dry. Wet insulation can be worse than no insulation.
  • Make sure that outside spigots are turned off and garden hoses are disconnected.

If you suspect that your plumbing is not properly protected from freezing, hire a licensed plumber to perform an inspection.