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Tips to Prevent Freezing Pipes

Prevent your pipes from freezing

  • Allow a faucet to drip slightly (lukewarm water) to minimize freezing.
  • Disconnect all outside garden hoses.
  • Install an insulating cover over all outside faucets.
  • Wrap pipes near external walls and in crawl spaces with pipe insulation or heating tape.
  • Close all windows near water pipes.
  • If you can’t close the air vents in your crawl space, cover them.
  • If you have a basement, heat it.
  • Install weather sealing, caulk, or tape to your windows.
  • Insulate outside walls and unheated areas of your home.
  • If you are going to be away from your home for an extended period, shut off the water supply valve to your washing machine.

If a pipe freezes

  • If a faucet or pipe inside your house freezes, you can thaw it using a hair dryer. (For safety purposes, avoid using a hair dryer around standing water.)
  • To thaw a frozen pipe, heat water on the stove, soak towels in the hot water and wrap them around cold sections of the pipe.
  • When thawing a pipe, start thawing it nearest to the faucet.
  • Make sure the faucet is turned on so that the melted water can drip.

**If you have any concerns regarding the prevention and recovery of frozen pipes in your home, contact the Murfreesboro Water Resources Department at 615-848-3209.

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