1. Insulate pipes that are located in unheated areas such as in the crawl space, attic, garage, or basement. You can use insulating tape or molded pipe sleeve and wrap it over the entire length of the exposed pipe. Cover all valves, pipe fittings, etc… with insulating tape or fiberglass.
2. Open cabinet doors in your kitchen and bathrooms. Water lines that supply kitchens and bathrooms are frequently located in outside walls. If there are any air leaks in siding or insulation it can cause the pipes to freeze. Leaving your cabinet doors open when the temperature is below freezing allows the pipes behind the cabinets to get more heat.
3. If you are going out of town shut off and drain your water system especially if you will be gone for several days. Make sure you turn off your water heater before draining your system! Leaving your furnace or heat pump on a low setting helps, but may not prevent freezing. Turn off your main shut off valve then go through the house and turn on all faucets, sinks, tubs, showers, etc… and flush your toilets. Meanwhile go back and remove the plug from the valve so that it can drain completely. Make sure when you are done that you retighten the valve and shut off all faucets.
4. Because your water heater works harder in the wintertime, you can flush out your water heater to remove sediment buildup that causes corrosion that will shorten the life span and reduces heating efficiency.
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