Safe In 60: The Best Ways To Avoid The Headache Of Frozen Pipes

Nov 18, 2019, 8:12 AM

COTTONWOOD HEIGHTS, Utah – It might be second nature to winterize your sprinkler system each fall. But what about the pipes inside your home? Properly protecting exposed lines could save you thousands in costly water damage.

Burst pipes are one of the most common causes of property damage during the winter months.

The most vulnerable areas in your home are water supply lines in basements, crawl spaces, attics, garages, under kitchen and bathroom sinks and all pipes that run along exterior walls, especially where there is no heat or insulation.

So how do we protect these areas?

  • Add insulation to attics, basements and crawl spaces.
  • Consider products that help insulate pipes in those vulnerable areas, like pipe sleeves. They are available at hardware stores for just a few dollars.
  • Open kitchen or bathroom cabinet doors so the warmer air can circulate around the plumbing.
  • Never set your thermostat below 55 degrees. Areas that are consistently colder than the rest of the house could reach freezing temperatures.
  • When it is extremely cold outside, or you think you may have problems with pipes freezing, you can let cold water drip from the faucet. Running water through the pipe, even at a trickle can help prevent it from freezing.
  • Space heaters can be used in extra cold spaces to keep pipes from freezing. Just always be careful of fire hazards.

If you are leaving for an extended period and want to turn the heat down below 55 degrees, consider turning the water supply off to your home and draining your pipes of water.

If you are not getting the pressure out of your faucet that you usually do, it could be a sign of a frozen pipe. If the pipe hasn’t yet burst and you know the area where it’s frozen, try using a heating pad, a blow dryer, or towels soaked in hot water to help thaw the freeze. Keep thawing the pipe until the faucet has regained full pressure.

If the faucet doesn’t return to full pressure, or you can’t fix or locate the source, call a licensed plumber.

If you have one frozen pipe, there could be others. Check other faucets throughout the house to make sure you don’t have any additional problems.

KSL 5 TV Live

Safe in 60

FILE: Goolsby Elementary School third grader Ava Dweck (L), 9, and fourth grader Luca Conrad, 10, t...

Robin Heiden, KSL TV

Safe in 60: Keeping children safe online during new school year

Students are heading back to school across Utah, and it's a good time for parents to talk with their kids about online safety.

2 years ago

(KSL TV)...

Robin Heiden, KSL TV

How To ‘Summer Safely’ On Utah’s Roads

Historically, Memorial Day to Labor Day is considered the deadliest time on Utah roads when fatal crashes nearly double.

2 years ago


Robin Heiden, KSL TV

Five Poisonous Plants To Watch Out For In Utah

Every year around this time, Utah Poison Control sees an uptick in cases in which adults and children are exposed to poisonous plants or mushrooms.

2 years ago


Robin Heiden

How To Pick The Right Helmet For Your Child

Make sure you take time to find a good helmet — they reduce the risk of head injury by 88%.

2 years ago


Robin Heiden, KSL TV

Tips For Drivers, Motorcyclists To Safely Share The Road

Motorcycle riders are 28 times more likely to die in a traffic collision than occupants in passenger cars.

2 years ago

FILE (Dan Spindle/KSL TV)...

Robin Heiden, KSL TV

5 Steps To Take To Prevent A Car Burglary

Car burglary numbers climbed 12% last year, and these types of crimes are often difficult for police to solve.

2 years ago

Sponsored Articles

Design mockup half in white and half in color of luxury house interior with open plan living room a...

Lighting Design

Lighting Design 101: Learn the Basics

These lighting design basics will help you when designing your home, so you can meet both practical and aesthetic needs.

an antler with large horns int he wilderness...

Three Bear Lodge

Yellowstone in the Fall: A Wildlife Spectacle Worth Witnessing

While most people travel to this park in the summer, late fall in Yellowstone provides a wealth of highlights to make a memorable experience.

a diverse group of students raising their hands in a classroom...

Little Orchard Preschool

6 Benefits of Preschool for Kids

Some of the benefits of preschool for kids include developing independence, curiosity, and learning more about the world.

rodeo contestant on a saddle bronc...


Get Ready for the Days of ‘47 Rodeo!

The Days of '47 Rodeo is a series of events everyone in the family can enjoy, with world-class rodeo contestants vying for the gold medal.

Electric LED Lightbulb Change In Light At Home...

Lighting Design

How to Know When to Upgrade Your Lighting

This guide explores indicators that suggest it’s time for a lighting upgrade with tips to make an informed decision when you’re ready to buy. 

Brunette guy in headphones playing games on his desktop computer...

PC Laptops

Looking For a New Computer? Use This Desktop Buying Guide

Choosing a new desktop computer can come with a lot of questions, so we created this desktop buying guide.

Safe In 60: The Best Ways To Avoid The Headache Of Frozen Pipes