This time of year as the cold sets in, there are things we need to consider about our home. One of those things is protecting our pipes from getting frozen. Here are a few tips, and some things to do if you already have an issue!
Check Unheated Areas First - In your home if you have any unheated areas that have exposed pipes such as attic space, the crawl space or even a garage, be sure to protect those pipes by wrapping those pipes in some foam pipe insulation. Also, you can protect outside faucets with small covers from the hardware store. Make sure the hose has been disconnected and put up first, of course!
Inside Tasks - When it's really cold, another way to keep those inside pipes from freezing is to open vanities and cabinet doors. Also, have all faucets dripping a small amount to keep water flowing. This also helps keep pipes from freezing.
Burst or Frozen Pipe - If, unfortunately, the cold weather hit BEFORE you could use preventative measures and a pipe has burst, turn off the water at the meter first and call a plumber. If you have a frozen pipe or two use a hair dryer on exposed and frozen pipes to help them thaw and turn on all faucets in your home until the water begins to flow again. Then, make sure you do all of the preventative things you missed the first time around!