As the weather changes from fall to winter, and we approach some of the coldest months of the year, it’s important for homeowners to be aware of how to prevent pipes from freezing. Since pipes are not visible in most areas of the home, it can be easy to forget about protecting them during the winter months.
Pipes typically begin to freeze and can cause a problem when temperatures dip to 0 degrees Fahrenheit. Frozen pipes can cause extreme damage to a home or property and particularly impact the floors, ceilings, walls, rugs, and furnishings. Even a small crack can cause more than 200 gallons of water to spill through the pipe each day.
To help homeowners prevent this from occurring, the Frozen Pipes checklist (PDF) provides tips and information on what to do before freezing weather sets in and during an extreme cold spell and how to react to frozen and burst pipes.
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