There is finally snow and cold temperatures here in Minnesota! As you bundle up for the winter make sure your home is properly insulated too.
How to prevent your pipes from freezing and bursting:
Disconnect your garden hose prior to the first freeze.
Turn off the water your outdoor spigots. Use a faucet insulator if your spigot isn’t frost-proof. Here is an insulator available on Amazon.
Never set your furnace lower than 55 degrees during the winter.
Open up your cabinet doors while you are away at work to let heat reach your pipes.
Shut off the main water when leaving for long periods of time.
Pipes that are prone to bursting:
Near exterior walls.
On the exterior of your home.
In unheated areas.
How to insulate pipes:
The pipes in your basement should be okay as they should be heated up by the furnace. However, pipes in the attic, garage, and crawl space may be at risk. To insulate these pipes, use foam pipe insulation or install heating tape/cable to make sure your pipes are protected. Here are some pipe insulation options available at Home Depot.
How to thaw out frozen pipes:
If water isn’t flowing out of your pipes properly, your pipes may be somewhat frozen. Keep water running through the pipe as you thaw it out. Add heat to the section with an electric heating pad or hot water. The pipes should thaw out and your water should flow normally. Call a plumber if don’t feel comfortable doing this.
If your pipes burst:
Turn off electricity & water.
Call a plumber & insurance agency right away.
Try to contain the leak.
Once the leak has been fixed use a dehumidifier and industrial fans to dry things out.