How to Prevent Frozen Pipes and Basement Flooding This Winter

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Water has a unique property in that it expands as it freezes. This expansion puts tremendous pressure on whatever is containing it, including metal or plastic pipes. No matter the “strength” of a container, expanding water can cause pipes to break. Pipes that freeze most frequently are those that are exposed to severe cold, like outdoor hose bibs, swimming pool supply lines, water sprinkler lines, and water supply pipes in unheated interior areas like basements and crawl spaces, attics, garages, or kitchen cabinets. Pipes that run against exterior walls that have little or no insulation are also subject to freezing.

Key Takeaways:

  • It is important for you to clean your gutters all year round. Cluttered gutters can cause the water to overflow.
  • It is best to keep your thermostat at the same temperature during the day and at night. You will pay more money for your electric bill, but you will reduce your chances of having a burst pipe.
  • The pipes in your attic, exterior walls, and basement are at the greatest risk for freezing.

“It is best to let your faucets drip if the temperature outside will drop below freezing.”

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