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Attention, homeowners: Don't pay another repairman until you check out this video series on simple repairs you can make yourself.
You Will Need
- A pipe insulator
Attend to outdoor hoses
Unhook, drain, and store outdoor hoses. Close any inside water valves that supply outdoor hose bibs. Leave outdoor hose bib valves open to allow water to drain out.
Find exposed pipes in unheated areas, such as basements, attics, and garages, and install insulation, such as a pipe sleeve, heat cable, or heat tape, on both cold and hot water pipes.
Seal air leaks
Use caulk to seal any areas where cold air can come in from. Look for air leaks around electrical wiring, dryer vents, and pipes.
Keep the garage closed
Keep the garage door closed whenever possible to keep pipes in that space from freezing.
Open kitchen and bathroom cabinets on exterior walls to allow warm air to circulate around pipes.
Let warm water drip from an exterior-wall faucet overnight when below-freezing temperatures persist.
Keep the house warm
Keep the thermostat above 55 degrees – don't get caught off guard by a flooding basement!