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Frozen water in pipes can cause pressure buildup leading to pipes bursting. Pipes in attics, crawl spaces and outside walls are particularly vulnerable to freezing, where holes in your house's outer wall for television, cable, or telephone lines allow cold air to reach them. To keep water in pipes from freezing, take the following steps:
  • Keep cabinet doors open during cold spells to allow warm air to circulate around pipes (particularly in the kitchen and bathroom)
  • Keep a slow trickle of water flowing through faucets connected to pipes that run through unheated or unprotected space. Or drain the water system if the house will be unattended during cold periods
  • Fit exposed pipes with insulation sleeves or wrapping to slow the heat transfer. The more insulation the better
  • Seal cracks and holes in outside walls and foundations near water pipes with caulking
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