How to avoid frozen pipes in your home

BRISTOL, Conn. (WTNH)– When the temperatures really start to drop it certainly takes a toll on all of us. But it can also take a toll on our homes, especially when it comes to all those pipes that could freeze. That’s the last thing you want to deal with.

Many of us probably went over this in science class. When water freezes it expands. And if this happens inside a pipe, it will often burst. The pipes most at risk of freezing are the ones attached to an outside wall. Take for example the pipe under your kitchen or bathroom sink. If it’s really cold outside, the experts say you should open the cabinet. Let the warm air underneath. And run the water, let it drip so the pipe doesn’t freeze.

Some people may say why do I want to pay for running water. It’s a lot cheaper to do that than to pay for the damage a burst pipe will cause. Now, if you go to turn on the water and nothing is coming out and it’s 3 degrees outside, that may be a sign that the pipe is frozen. And that’s when you want to call in a professional.

“My advice to those folks would be if you have a pipe that’s going to burst is shut the water supply to the house and call a plumber. Let a professional come in. Take a look at the situation they can determine what the situation is and how to best rectify that,” said Tom Barger, Regional Water Authority.

Some other pipes to keep a close eye on are those in: your basement or crawl space, attic or garage. If you think they may freeze — insulation, heat tape or a pipe sleeve may help prevent that. Also, make sure you shut off water to your outside faucets as well.

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