How do I prevent my pipes from freezing?


I live in Northern NJ where it can get quite cold. I have a crawl space not a basement. I use well water that has to be pumped to the house. If we lose power, what do I do to prevent the pipes from freezing.

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  • Oliva Oliva on Jan 20, 2019

    I've never owned a home with a well, but as others in Western PA have done, you may need to invest in a gasoline powered house generator, for your well. Make sure you run it, outside your home.

    If your crawl space is not well insulated, you'll need to increase this, with batting or foam.

  • Linda Sikut Linda Sikut on Jan 20, 2019

    Hi Christine,

    The best thing to do is to insulate your pipes. If you can't get under there in the freezing weather, you can try letting your faucets drip to keep the water flowing. Here's an article that might help you. Wishing you the best.

  • Pamela Pamela on Jan 20, 2019

    Hi ! First cover all your pipes with foam insulation , found at home depot , Lowes or any hardware store , it's very inexpensive. Next is to make sure that your crawlspace is sealed properly. Make sure the vents are covered , not just closed , you can buy Styrofoam to cut to size to fit in the vent space .( For winter use , remove them in the spring) Look for any cracks in the foundation , that would let cool air in , then seal up the cracks. Also make sure the door or entrance to the crawlspace closes tightly . Good luck !

  • Susan Davia Susan Davia on Jan 20, 2019

    insulating the pipes is the best and you can use pool noodles....even with that when temps really drop let water run ,open lower cabinets by all sinks so the warmth of the house will circulate...

  • Seth Seth on Jan 20, 2019


    Your crawl space should be insulated not just your pipes. This may not be the time to tackle that project, but consider it for later in the year. You can buy a heat tape to wrap the pipes with, but you will need a way to run the plug or wires to a power source.