CLEVELAND, Ohio – Insulation is one of the most important factors in preventing frozen and broken pipes this winter.
Pipes that are located along outside wall at the foundation of your home are especially susceptible to freezing.
Insulate pipes in your home’s basement along the foundation, in crawl spaces, and even in the attic — any location where pipes are just one wall from the outside. The more insulation you use, the better protected your pipes will be.
Take time to make a close inspection for air leaks that allow cold air inside near where pipes are located.
It’s common for air leaks to occur around electrical wiring, dryer vents and pipes. Use caulk or insulation to keep the cold out.
When temperatures drop below 20 degrees, even a tiny opening can let in enough cold air to cause a pipe to freeze.
You should always disconnect garden hoses before winter, and use an indoor valve to shut off and drain the water from pipes leading to outside faucets.
Draining the water and leaving outdoor spigots open dramatically reduces the chance of freezing in the short span of pipe just inside the house.
If needed, you can leave a trickle of hot and cold water running to keep your pipes from freezing.