In this video, Ask This Old House plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey offers a few tips to keep water from freezing up in your pipes during the winter months. Keep pipes from bursting with these 6 steps.
1. To keep water from freezing on an outdoor spigot during the winter, shut off the water valve to the outdoor spigot.
2. Drain excess water from the pipe.
3. To prevent indoor pipes from freezing, cover exposed pipes with foam insulation. It comes in long strips and can be cut down to size with a utility knife.
4. Use cable ties to tie down pipe heating cable for any pipes that may need extra heat to stay fluid.
5. If pipes under a sink are on an outdoor-facing wall, open the cabinet doors to let heat from the house flow underneath the sink.
6. On extremely cold days, leave at least one sink on a slow drip to keep water moving in the pipes.
If your pipes do burst and you experience water damage, contact an IICRC certified restoration company to assess the situation and begin the cleanup process.