Preventing Frozen Pipes

What Causes Frozen Pipes?

The water inside pipes can freeze when outdoor temperatures drop below freezing.  As freezing water expands, it causes the pressure inside the pipes to increase, possibly leading to bursting pipes.


Prevent Frozen Pipes

Insulate pipes, especially those close to outside walls, attics or crawl spaces where the chance of freezing is greatest.

Seal air leaks surrounding or near pipes.

Disconnect all outdoor hoses and turn off water to exterior faucets and sprinkler systems.

Open kitchen and bathroom cabinet doors to allow warmer air to circulate around the plumbing.

Keep heat at 55 degrees F. or higher even when you are out of town.

During a cold spell turn on both hot and cold faucets near outside walls to allow a small trickle of water to run during the night.

If you need to be away from home, leave the heat on and drain your system before you go.

Identify the locations of shutoff valves so that you are prepared to stop the flow of water as soon as possible when a pipe bursts.


What to Do When Pipes Freeze or Burst

If pipes freeze:

Open all faucets

Remove insulation and wrap pipes in rages

If all else fails, Call Your Plumber


If pipes burst:

Shut off the water immediately to prevent additional damage.

Take proper precautions to avoid an electrical shock from being in or near standing water

Take an inventory of any damaged property or possessions.

Contact your local claims office to help you locate a vendor specializing in emergency water mitigation services that can properly dry out the damaged area.

Call your insurance agent;)