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Preventing Frozen Pipes
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Leave the faucet drip slightly as a trickle. The dripping water will keep the water in the pipe from freezing.

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Preventing Frozen Pipes
There are a few things you can do to prevent the problem of freezing pipes from occurring again.
  • Leave the faucet drip slightly as a trickle. The dripping water will keep the water in the pipe from freezing.
  • Open kitchen base cabinet and let room air circulate.
  • Open kitchen base cabinet and place a small portable heater near or in it to heat the pipes
  • Wrap the problem pipe with electrical heat tape.
  • Insulate the problem pipes with foam insulation wrap, especially those that run through unheated spaces.
  • Temper the currently unheated crawlspace by placing a heater in the crawlspace. You just need to elevate the crawlspace temperature to modestly above freezing, about 40°F.

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