10 Frozen Pipe Prevention Tips

On average, it cost $900 dollars to repair a busted pipe. Protect your pipes from freezing with these helpful tips!


  1. Drain water from swimming pool and water sprinkler supply lines.
  2. Close inside valves supplying outdoor hose bibs. To be safe, open the hose bibs all the way so that any remaining water in the pipe can expand.
  3. Insulate attics, basements and crawl spaces for higher temperatures.
  4. Check and insulate hot and cold water pipes in the garage, kitchen and bathroom cabinets.
  5. If you don’t have pipe sleeves or heat tape try ¼” newspaper to protect your pipes temporarily. This works great for homes that don’t freeze often.
  6. Keep garage doors closed if there are water supply lines in the garage.
  7. Consider insulating your garage door.
  8. Open kitchen and bathroom cabinet doors to allow warmer air closer to the plumbing.
  9. Let cold water drip from the faucet.
  10. Whether you are on vacation or turning the thermostat down for the night, think twice! Keep the thermostat set to 55° F to prevent freezing.

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