To safeguard your pipes against bursting during periods of frigid temperatures, you can use a couple of simple precautions to protect your pipes.
You can wrap exposed pipes in insulating material to keep them from freezing. If you cannot insulate the pipes, direct your efforts to protect the pipes that are located near windows, exterior walls, or in an unheated area. Open cabinets that conceal the pipes. This will allow warm air from the room to circulate around the pipes.
If your garage is not heated or insulated, cracking the garage door allows heat from the house to reach vulnerable pipes and any plumbing equipment in the garage. Be sure to set the thermostat no lower than 60 degrees, especially if you are going to be gone for a couple of days. For slab foundations, keep the garage door closed.
If you have had problems with frozen pipes in the past, try running a small steady stream of water from a cold-water faucet during extremely cold temperatures. If your pipes freeze, the ice will thaw as daytime temperatures rise, but keep in mind the following: If you’re going to be at home, open a faucet, wait until water begins flowing again, and listen for leaks.
Water expands when it freezes, and this can cause leaks in your pipes. If you discover a leak, turn off the water supply to your home at the main shut-off valve and contact a plumber. If you’re planning to leave your home, turn off your water supply at the main shut-off valve.
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**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.