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Video:How to Prevent Frozen Pipes

with Debbie Anderson

This video demonstrates tips on simple things you can do around the home to prevent frozen pipes during the cold winter months. See these instructions for how to prevent frozen pipes in winter.See Transcript

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Transcript:How to Prevent Frozen Pipes

Hi I'm Debbie Anderson for About.com.

Why Frozen Pipes Are Bad

There is nothing worse than looking forward to a nice hot shower in the dead of a brisk cold winter, only to discover that your pipes have frozen! So today, Im going to show you a few simple tips on things you can do to help prevent your pipes from freezing in the first place!

Tips for Preventing Frozen Pipes

First, while keeping energy usage in mind, always maintain a certain amount of heat in the entire home and keep doors open inside to allow the air to circulate throughout the house freely.

Second, run at least a little water from every valve in your home at regular intervals to keep the water flowing, especially when it gets brittle cold outside.

Third, keep any exposed pipes or plumbing fixtures warm with heat lamps or a space heater, while making sure these heat sources are kept at a safe distance from flammable objects.

Finally, always insulate your pipes to keep them from freezing.

To insulate your pipes, use newspapers, old towels, or foam padding sleeves to wrap the pipes. The insulation can be easily secured around the pipe with electrical tape.

Regardless of the materials you use to insulate your pipes, always make sure none of the pipes you are insulating are leaking and be sure to repair any pipes that are leaking water before insulating them because insulating a leaking pipe can cause it to freeze.

With these few simple winter weather-proofing tips for your plumbing, you are sure to keep the water flowing during the cold winter months!

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