Brrr ... prevent frozen pipes

Last Updated: 12/13/2016

Wicked winter weather can cause plumbing pipes to freeze and possibly burst.  The impact can result in flooding and damage to your home or other untimely and costly repairs. As we enter the colder months, consider several tips to ensure that your pipes remain intact. 

  • Turn off your sprinkler system and drain the pipes to avoid underground cracks or bursts that can be hard to find and repair.
  • Drain garden hoses and store them in the garage or shed to prevent cracking.
  • Wrap outside pipes with insulation or heat tap.
  • Check outside faucets for leaks and repairs.
  • Know where to find your water shut-off valve in case you need to turn it off in an emergency.
  • If you plan to be away from home for an extended period, turn off the water at your home’s the main valve to prevent pipes breaking in your home. Consider hiring a plumber to flush your pipes, as well.

Being prepared and informed may help you to avoid the messy and often expensive issue of frozen pipes. For more information, please contact a licensed plumber or building professional.