Tips to keep your pipes from freezing

EAST LYME, Conn. (WTNH)– The colder the weather gets, the more chance there may be for pipes to freeze and burst.

At Cash True Value in East Lyme, store manager Emerson Dexter showed how to install foam insulation tubes on pipes.

“The insulation is pre-slit so you just kind of have to open it up a little bit,” said Dexter.

This type of insulation is recommended to help keep pipes from freezing, especially in basements and other areas which are not heated.

“It’s protecting it from the cold weather,” said Dexter.

Dexter says for pipes in crawl spaces, you may also want to consider using heat tape.

“It’s thermostatically controlled,” said Dexter. “It’s a little harder to install though. You really have to follow the directions specifically.”

The pipes along the outside walls of your home are the most vulnerable. Protective covers can be put on outdoor faucets, while spraying in insulation may keep the cold from coming in through gaps and cracks.

“When a house is built there’s usually insulation put between the foundation and that first board, but if that ever got chewed or eroded somehow, you could spray this in,” said Dexter.

You can also use outlet sealers and window sealing kits to stop drafts.

Shopper Thomas Savitsky is getting his mother’s house ready for the winter before she heads to Florida.

“I had an issue where I had pipes near walls where I was renting and the pipes would freeze,” said Savitsky. “What I would have to do is crack the line and keep the water running so it wouldn’t freeze.”

Dexter believes doing all this really does help.

“I think it does and it’s a really a low cost way to keep yourself out of trouble,” said Dexter.

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