If you notice a reduction in water pressure, your pipes may be beginning to freeze. Turn the water on and leave it on. This may dislodge any ice and prevent a disastrous freeze-up, pipe bursts, and costly repairs. Remembering what last winter was like, and with possible cold snaps ahead, now is a good time to review some basic freeze-up prevention tips.
- Know where your water shut-off valve is located and make sure everyone can turn off the water if necessary.
- Wrap both hot and cold water pipes with insulation. If there is an electrical outlet close by, hardware stores also sell a heated tape wrap for pipes.
- Disconnect and remove hoses from outside faucets. Wrap faucets with insulating material. If there is an inside shut off to this faucet, turn it off.
- On very cold nights, leave a small stream of water running. Use room heat by opening cabinet doors to expose pipes located inside to warm room air.