Preparing Your Home for a Freeze this Christmas – Avoid Frozen Pipes this Winter
Open the cabinets under the sinks in your kitchen and bathrooms to allow heated air to circulate around the water pipes.
Set your thermostat at a minimum of 55 degrees, especially when you are gone for the day or away for a long time. 68 degrees is ideal for energy conservation.
Let indoor faucets drip! Keep water moving through the pipes, but do not run a heavy stream of water (remember, it only takes a small drip).
Protect faucets, outdoor pipes, and pipes in unheated areas with pipe insulation. In a pinch, wrapping them with rags, newspapers, trash bags, plastic foam or even bubble wrap can add needed protection.
Cover any vents around your home’s foundation.
Drain water hoses and store them in a garage or shed.
Drain irrigation water supply lines.
Protect outdoor electrical pumps.
Know how to shut the water off! Make sure you know where your main water shut-off valve is. Most homes have a master valve or a main water shut-off that will allow you to turn off all the water coming into the house.
If you suspect you have a leak, turn the water off at the main shut-off valve.
If you drain your pipes, do not forget to turn off the power to your water heater if it is electric or turn of the gas supply line the water heater if it is a gas appliance.
But if your pipes do freeze:
Shut off the water immediately.
Allow the pipes to thaw.
Once the pipes are thawed, slowly turn the water back on and check the pipes and joints for crack and water.