Follow these recommendations to help prevent frozen pipes.
Insulate and seal attic penetrations
Insulate and seal attic penetrations such as partition walls, vents, plumbing stacks, and electric and mechanical chases.
Insulate pipes most vulnerable to freezing by using pipe insulation.
Provide backup power
Provide a reliable backup power source to ensure continuous power to the building.
Set reasonable temperatures
Keep the thermostat at a reasonable temperature, even if you’ll be away from the home.
Install a temperature monitoring system
Install a monitoring system that provides notifications if the building’s temperature dips below a pre-determined number.
Install an automatic excess flow switch
Install an automatic excess flow switch on the main incoming domestic water line to monitor and provide early detection of a broken pipe or valve. Use wireless sensors near water sources.
Monitor sprinkler systems using a central station
Monitor sprinkler systems using a central station to provide early detection of a pipe failure and heat unheated sprinkler control rooms.
Let faucets run
Let all faucets drip during extreme cold weather to prevent freezing of the water inside the pipe, and if freezing does occur, to relieve pressure buildup in the pipes between the ice blockage and the faucet.
Open cabinet doors
Keep bathroom and kitchen cabinet doors open during cold spells to let warm air circulate around the pipes.