The pipes most at risk are those in unheated interior spaces such as basements, attics, and garages. Here are some tips you can put to use to help prevent a major catastrophe.
-Pick up some pipe insulation from your local hardware store and protect any pipes you feel may be vulnerable to freezing.
-Keep garage doors closed, especially if there are water supply lines in the garage.
-Open kitchen and bathroom cabinet doors to allow warmer air to circulate around the plumbing.
-Let the cold water drip from a faucet served by exposed pipes. Running the water through the pipe helps prevent pipes from freezing.
-Keep the thermostat set to the same temperature during day and night. You don't want to turn down the thermostat at night when the temperature reaches it's the coldest point.
-If you are planning to be away from home during cold weather, leave the heat on in your home, set to a temperature no lower than 55 degrees.
-Add insulation to attics, basements, and crawl spaces to maintain higher temperatures in those areas. Seal any cracks and openings around windows, doors, and sill plates.