As we approach mid-January and temperatures get colder, we wanted to provide you with some tips on how to avoid frozen pipes.  Did you know that burst pipes are one of the most common causes of property damage during frigid weather and can cause thousands in water damage?

Pipes most at risk are those in unheated interior spaces such as basements, attics, and garages. But even pipes running through cabinets or exterior walls can freeze. The good news is there are some simple things you can do to keep your water running and your house dry:

Keep cabinet doors open in the kitchen and bathroom so the heat from the room will circulate around the pipes.

Keep the thermostat set to the same temperature during the day and night. Again, during a cold snap is not the time to set back the thermostat at night to save a few bucks on your heating bill.

If you plan to be away during cold weather, leave the heat on in your home, set to a temperature no lower than 55° F.

Add pipe insulation around pipes. You can find the insulation at any home improvement store and are easy to install.

Allow the faucet to drip if you are afraid a pipe will freeze, you can open the faucet feed by that pipe just a bit so the faucet drips slightly. Allowing the faucet to be open like this relieves pressure in the system.

For the long-term, add insulation to attics, basements, and crawl spaces. Insulation will maintain higher temperatures in those areas. And to prevent drafts, seal cracks and openings around windows, doors, and at sill plates, where the house rests on its foundation.