Don't Let Your Pipes Freeze!

Some tips to avoid a costly, messy problem.

Keeping a faucet on low can help keep water moving and prevent frozen pipes. Credit: NK Patch
Keeping a faucet on low can help keep water moving and prevent frozen pipes. Credit: NK Patch

The lower-than-usual temperatures can be tough on buildings. The word from EG Public Works Director Joe Duarte is that town buildings have been handling the cold pretty well, with no problems. That's good news for taxpayers, since problems cost money.

But most of us have our own homes to worry about too and when it comes to cold weather, the biggest concern is pipes that freeze, burst, then gush when the water inside thaws.

Here are some tips for homeowners:

  • Make sure pipes are properly insulated, especially in basements and attics.
  • Seal up cracks and holes in exterior or interior walls that can allow cold air to contact pipes.
  • Keep heat on in homes when not occupied. A rule of thumb is set the thermostat at 50 degrees. 
  • Allowing faucets to drip slightly alleviates pressure buildup in the system.
Here's a website with lots of visuals on protecting against frozen pipes.

If you have any other suggestions or horror stories, tell us in the comments section. 

Nothing has changed much. 
Very cold, very windy, nothing unusual.
Melting freezing, melaing freezing 
it's a nuisance 
we turned
we've actrually spent moer than usual
depth of
they last a long time
many hours chasing an inch here, two inches there
30 percent of budget

Susan McManus January 07, 2014 at 07:04 PM
Friends in Michigan's Upper Peninsula recommend pouring a small amount of windshield washer fluid down the kitchen drain. Acts like anti-freeze....
Elizabeth McNamara January 08, 2014 at 10:20 AM
Thanks, Susan McManus! UP people should know... brrrrr


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