How to prevent pipes in your home from freezing during the winter

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SPRINGFIELD, Mass (WWLP) — Depending on the age and condition of your home, pipes can freeze anytime the temperature outside is below 32 degrees.

But Rocky’s Ace Hardware says there is one step to take to prevent the pipes in your home from feeling the chill, and that’s by starting with some insulation — it’s affordable, easy to find and quick to put on. 

“So basically it has a slit in it and you just open it up, pop it right on to the pipe, and you’re done,” Matt Robidoux explained to 22News. “Cut it to the lengths you need, because you might have something in its way impeding it. So just cut it to the length…and it has a slit in it, it’s very easy for you to open it, and for you to pop it right on and it secures it.”

Insulating your pipes is one way to go, but there are a few other tricks you can do to prevent your pipes from freezing this winter.

On extra cold nights, you can let water slowly drip from the faucet to keep the water flowing, preventing the water from freezing. All it needs to be is at a light trickle.

If you’re going away for an extended period of time, keep the heat on in your home, no lower than 55 degrees is a general rule of thumb.

In your kitchen and bathroom, you can keep pipes from freezing up by opening the cabinet doors to allow the warmer air to circulate around the pipes. If you have water lines in your garage, it’s best to keep the garage door closed. 

And with low temperatures dipping to the 20’s a few nights this week, it’s definitely possible your pipes could get close to freezing.

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