Simple Hint to Avoid Frozen Pipes

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If you are in the north east where we are experiencing very cold weather: there is great fear about frozen pipes. Many of my water pipes are on the outside wall (kitchen sink on outside wall, along with some plumbing upstairs). I leave my cabinet doors under my sink open (especially at night when you are not running water) so the heat can get to the pipes. Use commercial pipe wrap in the basement on the pipes as well. If you are not in the position to buy that wrap - think of alternatives (It is really inexpensive). My dad when I was a young girl, (5 decades ago) used rags to wrap the pipes (as either they did not make the pipe wrap back then , or he had no money to buy it, maybe we were snowed in?). He also forced rags as insulation up in the basement in the ceiling along the outside wall.
Also make sure you turn the water off going to all outside hoses. Then disconnect the hose, and leave the spicket (outside) open to drain the water from the line. I recall as a child the pipes freezing once, (prior to the wrapping of the pipes) and he used space heaters and hair dryers to remedy the situation. Which worked. HUDGE damage will result if these pipes burst.

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  • Hbet Hbet on Dec 30, 2017
    Lisa; we also let faucets drip when not in use or when we were on vacation. There is a commercial heat tape you can DIY. I recall about $15 to save hundreds in plumber cost.

  • Dianacirce70 Dianacirce70 on Dec 30, 2017
    Letting them run can help, it's about all you can do if there pipes are along the wall and you don't have access to them

  • 2dogal 2dogal on Dec 30, 2017
    Keeping cabinet doors open under sinks helps give access to warmer air to the pipes. Letting the water drip is good if you live in an area where the electricity goes out. Heat tapes work off electricity.

  • Shoshana Shoshana on Dec 31, 2017
    Great tips! Really important for the winter months!

  • War15939090 War15939090 on Dec 31, 2017
    small straw put into heat vent, tape right around where it goes into the vent

  • Crystal Hughes Crystal Hughes on Feb 20, 2018
    open cabinet doors, run the water as a dribble, heat light on pump

  • Red26480679 Red26480679 on Feb 20, 2018
    On outside faucets I use a rag to wrap the faucet and a plastic grocery sack to wrap around the rag. Then I use a large rubber band or thick string to wrap around to hold all together.