At this time of year your home is at risk of having water pipes freeze. Frozen water pipes can burst, spilling water everywhere and destroying your home. Make sure it doesn’t happen to you this winter by reading our tips on how to stop your pipes freezing.
Frequently hot water pipes will freeze before cold water pipes. If you get up on a cold morning and you have cold water but no hot water you may have frozen pipes. If you have no water at one fixture or one area of the home such as a kitchen, bathroom, laundry room, they probably have frozen pipes. Also, garden hoses should be disconnected to keep the hose bibbs from freezing and bursting. If you do not have frost-proof hose bibbs, you should shut them off and drain from inside the basement or crawlspace to avoid bursting.
Please read the small print of your insurance policies and contact your insurer if you have any uncertainties of whether or not frozen water pipes are covered. Facing a situation where your frozen water pipes have burst and you are not covered would be a real blow to your family finances.