As far as preventing pipes from freezing in the first place, Gerhardt advises insulating pipes that run on the exterior walls or wrapping pipes with heat tape or thermostatically controlled heat cables. also to turn both hot and cold water taps inside the house so that just a trickle of a drip comes out to boost the temperature in the pipe just enough to keep it from freezing. Other tips include to open cabinet doors under kitchen sinks or any sinks at night where pipes may not be insulated. And of course, disconnect any outdoor hoses connected to a spigot on the side of the house.
Additionally, if a water pipe does freeze, Gerhardt says you still have options to keep them breaking including turning on the faucet to see if water is running, if not, she advises to wrap the pipe in a heat blanket, or use a hair dryer to try and warm the pipe.
If your water pipe does freeze up or breaks and you need help, contact Laura Gerhardt at Absilutely Dry at (219) 926-7999 or log onto: http://www.absolutelydry.net/
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