How do I avoid frozen pipes?

Cold weather can result in frozen pipes. If temperatures drop below freezing, follow these tips:

  • Open cabinet doors to allow heat to get to uninsulated pipes under sinks near exterior walls.
  • Set the thermostat in your house no lower than 55 degrees.
  • Insulate pipes in your home's crawl space and attic. These exposed pipes are most susceptible to freezing. Insulation, heat tape or thermostatically-controlled heat cables can help.
  • Seal leaks that allow cold air inside near where pipes are located (e.g. electrical wiring, dryer vents and pipes).
  • Disconnect garden hoses. If your water pipes are frozen, or if there is only a trickle, try some of the helpful tips listed below before calling a plumber:
  • Locate where the water comes into your home - basement, crawl space or garage. Get heat to this area.
  • Open your cabinet doors to let heat in on your pipes. A small space heater can help.
  • Run a hair dryer on your pipe so heat can dispense through your plumbing system.
  • Open a faucet, let a trickle run. If there is no water at all, leave the faucet open, but make sure the drains are clear.

If you are completely out of water after trying these steps, call us at 720-733-6000.

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