PREVENT YOUR PIPES FROM FREEZING
- Allow a faucet to drip slightly (lukewarm water) to minimize freezing.
- Disconnect all outside garden hoses.
- Install an insulating cover over all outside faucets.
- Wrap pipes near external walls and in crawl spaces with pipe insulation or heating tape.
- Close all windows near water pipes.
- If you can’t close the air vents in your crawl space, cover them.
- If you have a basement, heat it.
- Install weather sealing, caulk, or tape to your windows.
- Insulate outside walls and unheated areas of your home.
- If you are going to be away from your home for an extended period, shut off the water supply valve to your washing machine.
IF A PIPE FREEZES
- If a faucet or pipe inside your house freezes, you can thaw it using a hair dryer. (For safety purposes, avoid using a hair dryer around standing water.)
- To thaw a frozen pipe, heat water on the stove, soak towels in the hot water and wrap them around cold sections of the pipe.
- When thawing a pipe, start thawing it nearest to the faucet.
- Make sure the faucet is turned on so that the melted water can drip.
**If you have any concerns regarding the prevention and recovery of frozen pipes in your home, contact the Murfreesboro Water Resources Department at 615-848-3209.