Tips for Protecting Your Pipes During Freezing Temps

Frozen pipes in winter

Don't use a torch to thaw out frozen plumbing

If you haven’t already tackled the list below, be sure to follow these tips when the temps begin to freeze:

  • Keep a small trickle of hot and cold water going, especially on faucets located on or near an exterior wall.
  • Keep your thermostat set at a constant temperature. Don’t decrease it during the night.
  • Open cabinet doors to allow heat into the area of any uninsulated pipes.

If your pipes do freeze:

  • Turn off water at the main shut off and leave the faucets open.
  • Call a plumber.
  • You can try to use hot towels, electrical heating tape, or a hair dryer to thaw out a frozen pipe, but don’t use an electrical device around standing water.
  • Don't use a torch to thaw out frozen plumbing. A water loss is better than a fire loss.
  • If you do have a water leak, call a water mitigation company ASAP.

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