Nobody wants to deal with burst pipes in their building. If you notice the temperature is beginning to drop, take these preemptive steps to keep your pipes from freezing.

Steps To Prevent Pipes From Freezing

Insulate the pipes: Insulate pipes in unheated areas, such as attics, garages, and crawl spaces, to help keep them warm. You can use foam pipe insulation, which is available at hardware stores.

Seal air leaks: Seal air leaks around pipes to prevent cold air from getting in. This can be done using caulking or weather stripping.

Keep the heat on: Even when you’re not home, keep the heat on in the building to help prevent pipes from freezing. You should set the temperature to at least 55°F.

Disconnect hoses: Disconnect garden hoses from outdoor faucets before winter to prevent the water in the hoses from freezing and causing damage to the faucets.

Allow faucets to drip: On very cold days, allowing faucets to drip slightly helps prevent pipes from freezing.

Locate your main shut-off valve: In the event of a frozen pipe, it’s important to know where your main shut-off valve is located so that you can turn off the water supply to the building.

In cities where it can or does reach freezing temperatures, it’s crucial to stay proactive about frozen pipes. If a brutal cold snap hits and you lose electricity, dealing with a burst pipe will only add to your headache. Without electricity, it’s hard to use equipment like fans or vacuums to speed up the drying process. Power outages can also cause water heaters to fail, which leads to more leaks.


Here are some other common questions we get asked about frozen pipes and water damage.

What should I do if I think my pipes are frozen, but not yet burst?

You still have time to act. Turn on the faucet nearest the pipe and let the water run. This will help to relieve any pressure that is building up in the pipe and may prevent a burst. You can try to thaw the frozen pipe, again using a hair dryer, hot towel, or hot water bottle. You can also wrap the frozen pipe with insulation material, such as fiberglass or foam, to help keep it warm. If you’re afraid the pipe will burst regardless, give your trusted reconstruction team a call!


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