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Protect Your Pipes from Freezing This Winter

Each winter, homes are damaged due to water pipes that freeze and burst. By taking a few simple precautions, you can help save yourself from the mess, money and headaches of burst frozen pipes.

Steps you can take.

  • Insulate pipes in your home’s crawl spaces, basement and attic. Exposed pipes are more susceptible to freezing. The more insulation you use, the better the protection.
  • Heat tape can be used to wrap pipes. Closely follow the manufacturer’s installation and operation instructions.
  • Seal leaks and close foundation vents to minimize cold air entering your house and freezing pipes. Open vents again in the spring to prevent dry rot.
  • Drain and disconnect garden hoses and insulate hose bibs. Know where your water shut-off valve is located.