Cold Weather Tips
Tips to Prevent Freezing Pipes
Homeowners should take precautions to help protect their property from damage. Weatherproofing your home against the cold will help protect your indoor plumbing against the threat of breaks.
Carroll's Creek Water Authority encourages its customers to take the following precautions to reduce the risk of freezing pipes that can burst.
- Know what areas of your home, such as basements, crawl
spaces, unheated rooms and outside walls, are most vulnerable to freezing.
- Caulk around door frames and windows and around pipes
where they enter the house to reduce incoming cold.
- Eliminate sources of cold air near water lines by
repairing broken windows, insulating walls, closing off crawl spaces and
eliminating drafts near doors. Close all air vents located in the foundation
- Protect your pipes. Wrap exposed pipes with insulation or
use electrical heat tracing wire; newspaper or fabric may also work. Remove, drain and store hoses used outdoors.
- Open cabinet doors to expose pipes to warmer room
temperatures to help keep them from freezing.
- If you have an attached garage, keep its doors shut.
Occasionally, plumbing is routed through this unheated space, leaving it
- Know where your homes primary water shut-off valve is
located. If a pipe freezes or bursts, shut the water off immediately.
- Drain in-ground sprinkler
systems: Check the
manufacturer's instructions for the best way to do this.
- Insulate backflow deviceswrap exposed pipes and device with insulation
outdoor backflow devices should have a “hot box” and use electrical heat
tracing wire to prevent freezing
When temperatures fall below zero:
If you have pipes that are vulnerable to freezing, allow a small trickle of water to run overnight to keep pipes from freezing. The cost of the extra water is low compared to the cost to repair a broken pipe.