If you live in an older home or have outbuildings with plumbing, or have a vacation home or cabin, you may want to take a few steps this fall to keep your pipes from freezing this winter. Freezing temperatures can do a number on exposed pipes. You may think you have nothing to worry about, but it’s always good to make sure. There are several things you can do before the temperatures drop to keep pipes from freezing.

You’ll want to check the pipes on any exterior wall, in your crawlspace, the attic and the basement.

  1. Seal Up Cracks and HolesYou should caulk or use a foam insulation to fill any cracks or holes around your pipes. You should do this on both the interior and exterior walls. Doing this will keep the cold air out and the warm air in. An added benefit is it will keep critters and bugs out, as well.
  2. Consider Applying Heat Tape for Pipes For pipes that are easily accessible, such as in a crawl space or unheated out building, applying heating tape, or heating cable, may be a good solution to keep pipes from freezing.
  3. Add Extra Insulation Pipes located in uninsulated areas, or areas with minimal insulation, such as basements, attics or garages can benefit from added insulation. You can fit exposed pipes with foam rubber or fiberglass sleeves to decrease the chance of freezing. You can also add additional insulation to walls and ceilings to keep pipes warm.
  4. Don’t Forget the Hose Bibbs (Outside Faucets) If you have not replaced your hose bibs with winter-proof hose bibbs, make sure you shut off the hose bibbs and empty the hoses before storing the hose in your basement or garage.
  5. Protect Your Well Casing and Pipes These pipes should be insulated as well. And your well should be covered with an insulated, pre-constructed well cover or protected by a well house.

If you’re not sure how to do all of this yourself, call a professional plumber. And of course if your pipes freeze, call us for help. Five Star Plumbing serves homeowners and agricultural operations throughout the Baltimore County area, including Harford County, Cecil County and Howard County. Call us at 410-836-0118 or use our contact form and someone will get back to you shortly.