Help prevent frozen pipes in this frigid weather

When the temperature and wind chill get to this extreme it can result in frozen pipes in your house.

There are a few things you can do to help prevent a home catastrophe.

  1. Let water drip. Something as simple as letting a little water drip from a faucet to help your pipes from freezing. Use warm water overnight when the temperature is coldest.  Just a drip is needed, not a steady stream.
  2. Adjust the thermostat. Keep your temperature the same both day and night. During extreme cold weather, this also helps the furnace.
  3. Open cabinet doors. This helps heat get to uninsulated pipes under sinks and appliances near exterior walls.
  4. Insulate pipes. Exposed pipes are most susceptible to freezing. The more insulation you use, the better your pipes will be.
  5. Use heat tape or heat cables. Heat tape or heat cables can be used to wrap pipes. Make sure to follow all manufacturer’s installation and operation instructions.