There are a few steps we recommend that you take each winter to protect your pipes from the cold:
- Disconnect and drain outdoor hoses and faucets
- Insulate pipes or faucets in unheated areas. You can use pipe-wrapping materials or heat tape, which can be found at any hardware or building supply store.
- Seal off access doors, air vents, and cracks. Be sure you don’t plug air vents used by your furnace or water heater.
- Make sure you know where the master shut-off valve is located.
In extreme weather you may also want to run a small trickle of water from faucet.
If your pipes do freeze, you can attempt to thaw them yourself using a hair dryer or portable space heater and running it along the pipe. Do NOT attempt to thaw them using an open flame.