6 Tips For Avoiding Frozen Pipes

Winter will be here soon, and let’s be honest, it’s probably not going to be very snowy. As Kentuckians, we typically find ourselves dreaming—and only dreaming—of white Christmases. Yet, temperatures do dip low now and then, and that means as a local homeowner, you still need to know how to avoid frozen pipes. We’ve got some advice to help.

 

Drip your faucets.

 

Most people know this trick. Avoid frozen pipes by letting your faucets drip just slightly. This will keep your water moving instead of freezing.

 

Open your cabinets.

 

It might be a good idea to open your bathroom or kitchen cabinets to let warm air circulate around the pipes. This is especially true if the cabinets are located along an exterior wall. Just remember to move all dangerous chemicals to a place that children and pets can’t reach.   

 

Invest in space heaters.

 

If you don’t think opening your cabinets will do enough to ward off frozen pipes, you might try warming those areas with space heaters.

 

Keep the thermostat up.

 

Some people lower their thermostats at night and rely on blankets instead to stay warm. This is a great way to save on the electric bill, but it’s a bad idea if you’re afraid of frozen pipes. Keep the heat up on nights when temperatures dip particularly low.

 

Keep your garage door closed.

 

You should do this anyway because you probably don’t want to give random passersby access to your garage. However, if your water supply lines run through there, that’s another reason to keep the door shut. It will help conserve heat.

 

Close off your crawl space.

 

If you’re really worried about the cold, you can always close the vents on your crawl space and tuck insulation around the openings.

 

It’s important to remember these tips because most home insurance policies cover burst pipes—as long as your house is both occupied and appropriately heated. If you have any questions about your coverage, one of our agents can tell you everything you need to know.