Protect Your Home Against Frozen Water Pipes

Protect Your Spigots From Freezing

Each winter, homes are damaged from water pipes that freeze, burst, and then leak. By taking a few simple precautions, you can avoid the mess, hassle and cost of repairing leaky pipes.

  • Insulate pipes in your home’s crawl space or basement.
  • Know where your water shut-off valve is located.
  • Outdoor hose bibs are susceptible to freezing. Learn how to insulate your hose bib by watching the Protect Outdoor Spigots video.
  • Never leave a garden hose attached to the faucet in freezing weather.
  • Winterize your Sprinkler System. Make sure your shut off valve is off and the irrigation lines are drained to prevent freezing and cracking in the system.

Thawing Frozen Pipes

Frozen pipes may be thawed by wrapping them with rags and repeatedly pouring hot water over the rags. Once the pipes are thawed, remove the rags and re-wrap pipes with dry insulation material to prevent re-freezing. If this method is not successful, call a plumber. NEVER USE AN OPEN FLAME OR ELECTRICAL DEVICE TO THAW FROZEN PIPES. Using these methods can cause a fire or electric shock.

Read more winterizing tips in the Cedar River Water and Sewer District 2018 Winter Newsletter

Winter 2018 (1.2 MB)