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1. Remove any hose that is attached to an outside faucet and shut off water supply to any exterior faucets. That step alone is significant in taking care of many frozen pipe damage situations outdoors in the wintertime.
2. Cover all outdoor pipes with electric heating tape to maintain or elevate the temperature in them and prevent freezing. Then cover heating tape with insulating material such as fiberglass or foam, which will insure the pipes will not freeze, as insulation prevents or at least reduces loss of heat.
1. Maintain a constant temperature of at least 55 degrees inside the home, even when going out of town.
2. Keep bathroom and kitchen cabinet doors open for air circulation around pipes.
3. Open both cold and hot water faucets to let them drip slightly. Even a slow water flow may prevent a pipe from freezing. However, more importantly, there will be a reduction in pressure if water does freeze and turns to ice, preventing a burst or broken water pipe.
4. Caulk and seal cracks on the perimeter of the house to prevent cold outdoor air from circulating and lowering temperature around water pipes.
Frozen pipes can cause enormous water damages. They leak, crack and burst when pressure builds up during cold winter weather. Property owners can prevent many of these damages by thinking ahead and protecting their water pipes.