- Always disconnect your water hose from your outdoor spigot in the winter. The water inside the hose can freeze, and the freezing continues back into the spigot until it reaches your pipes.
- Keep garage doors closed if there are water supply lines in the garage. The number one reason for pipes freezing is a draft. If you have cracks in your basement walls, the cold air can cause pipes to freeze over time, so make sure any exposure to the outside is sealed up.
- Open kitchen and bathroom cabinet doors to allow warmer air to circulate around the plumbing. When the weather is very cold outside, let the cold water drip from the faucet. Running water through the pipes, even at a trickle, helps prevent pipes from freezing.
- Keep the thermostat set to the same temperature both during the day and at night. If you will be going away during cold weather, leave the heat on in your home set to a temperature no lower than 55° F.
- Contrary to what you may think, hot water lines freeze before cold ones do. When water is heated, it loses oxygen and doesn’t need to be as cold to freeze, so if you suspect frozen pipes…check hot water lines first.
If you open a faucet and no water comes out, don’t take any chances. Call Pinky’s Plumbing.