Seven Ways to Prevent Your Pipes From Freezing

  • January 20th 2016

by UrbanTurf Staff

Seven Ways to Prevent Your Pipes From Freezing: Figure 1

There have been scattered reports that DC might see a few flurries (read: up to two feet) of snow starting this Friday. The frigid temperatures that could accompany this storm could have a number of real estate consequences, one of those being frozen pipes in buildings and houses across the city.

Below is a quick list of ways to prevent what can be a common winter occurrence:

  • Drain and disconnect any hoses that are attached to the property and cover outdoor faucets.
  • Close the inside valves that control the water supply to outside hose attachments.
  • Drain water from swimming pool and water sprinkler supply lines.
  • Turn one faucet in the house on to just a drip.
  • Keep the temperature in the home set to 68 degrees or higher.
  • Install products to insulate water pipes, such as a pipe sleeve or heat tape. Pipes near exterior walls and in crawl spaces are the most important to insulate.
  • Open cabinet doors where pipes are located to allow warm air to circulate around the plumbing.

This article originally published at https://dc.urbanturf.com/articles/blog/seven_ways_to_prevent_your_pipes_from_freezing/10777.

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