Once the temperature starts dropping outside, you should take measures inside to keep your pipes warm and water running. Frozen pipes often burst leaving you with messy cleanup and costly repairs. Here are a few steps to take to keep your pipes warm and running properly:
- If you are planning a nice holiday vacation make sure you keep your thermostat set to no lower than 55° F.
- If your water supply lines are located in the garage, keep your garage door closed.
- Open kitchen and bathroom cabinet doors to allow warmer air to circulate around the plumbing under your cabinets.
- As tempting as it is to turn your heat off while at work, keep your thermostat set to the same temperature both day and night.
- Let the cold water drip from a faucet served by exposed pipes. Running water through the pipe—even at a trickle—helps prevent pipes from freezing.
- Add insulation to attics, basements, and crawl spaces. Insulation will keep warmer temperatures in those areas.