History can be a great indicator of the future. If your area is prone to freezing temperatures, especially for extensive periods of time, you should pay careful attention to your property before the next freeze spell begins. Here are some proactive measures you can take to prevent or minimize the chances of your pipes freezing:
- Insulate water pipes, especially if they’re more susceptible to colder temperatures. Metal pipes that are exposed are prone to freezing and even more so it they are in the open air. Using fiberglass insulation to cover the pipe can be effective for preventing a frozen pipe. Also using electrical heating tape as an pipe insulator can severely reduce the chances of a pipe freeze.
- A temporary solution is to leave your taps running just a trickle, since flowing water won’t freeze as quickly as still water.
Here’s a video on How to Install Fiberglass Pipe Insulation
If you do find that your pipe are frozen, here are some tips on How to Thaw Frozen Pipes.