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8 Ways to Prevent Frozen Pipes This Winter

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The best defense against frozen pipes is a great offense.  


You can save yourself thousands of dollars in damages, repairs and major headaches if you prepare your water system for the winter cold.




1.  Using a Frost King electric water pipe  heat cables with built in thermostat for pipes in unheated areas, inside or out.  Uses in crawlspaces, garages or along perimeter walls above the frost-line will help protect cold and hot water pipes from freezing.  (After opening the previous link- choose box with arrow to view installation view.) 



2. Combined with foiled back fiberglass Insulated Wrap the dynamic due will provide peace of mind and keep that water flowing while saving energy. 



Electric pipe heat cable                            




Foil back fiberglass pipe wrap




3. Pipe insulation is an economical way to help protect your copper and iron pipes from the effects of low temperature during the winter and eliminate condensation and mold during the humid warmer months.  They save energy because the reduce heat gain and loss. There are several types of insulating materials available, foam or rubber tubes with tees and elbow and the before mentioned fiberglass wraps.




Straight Pipe insulation                                           



Pipe fitting insulators





4. When freezing temperature arrive, allow a slow drip from a hot and cold faucet to relieve pressure and allow water to circulate.


5. Disconnect your garden hose and install a Faucet Cover over the exposed spigot. Close the inside shut off if one is available and drain the pipe between.



Faucet Cover




6. Set your thermostat no lower than 55 degrees. 


7. Open up kitchen and bath cabinet doors to allow heat to get to pipes. 


8. If you packing your suitcases to visit a sunny destination to escape the frozen    North, don’t forget what you are leaving behind.  If an ice or snow storm knocks out your power while you are gone, you could be returning to a major disaster.  If you don’t want your house to become a giant ice cube, drain your system before you leave!


  • Turn off your main water supply.
  • Turn off your water heater.
  • Open the faucet at the lowest point in your house to bleed the lines.
  • Flush your toilets.


Making the wise choose of implementing these inexpensive preventive measures to save you time and anguish as well as loads of dollars.




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Posted 2014-11-20T20:46:07+0000  by Char_HD_CHI Char_HD_CHI