Freezing Pipes Will Ruin Your Holidays

Do Not Let Freezing Pipes get you down!

By Mathew Erickson, Insurance Advisor

With temperatures going below freezing this week, now is a good time to make sure your water pipes don’t freeze.  Here are some tips to make sure your home doesn’t flood with freezing water.

  • Disconnect all outside garden hoses and anything attached to an outside faucet if you haven’t already.
  • Most outside faucets have an interior shut off valve – turn this interior valve off.
  • Keep your house temperature at 68 degrees or higher, even if you are leaving the house for an extended period of time
  • Open cabinet doors below sink to allow heat from the home to circulate.
  • Identify the location of the main water valve and the valve on your water heater. Contact your insurance agent for an
  • identification tag for these valves. ( This may come in handy during an emergency)
  • Wrap pipes nearest exterior walls and in crawl spaces with insulation or heating tape. This can prevent freezing for these interior pipes.
  • Insulate outside walls and unheated areas of your home.


Monitor freezing pipe conditions:

  • Allow a faucet to drip slightly (luke warm water) in order to minimize freezing.
  • The first sign of freezing is reduced water flow from faucet.
  • Check pipes around your water meter, especially in unheated areas, near exterior walls and crawl spaces.
  • Identify cold air drafts coming in from a flue or chimney chase. Caulk any of these gaps, paying extra attention to gaps near pipes.


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