CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - Below freezing temperatures put your pipes at risk for freezing, especially in older homes. But there are things you can do to prevent pipe replacement and plumbing costs in the winter.
Foam and heat tape can last for years and need only be replaced when either shows signs of rot or corrosion.
Where temperatures are projected to be extremely low, leave the hot water faucet running a slow trickle of water in the tub and kitchen sink. Not only will this keep water flowing through the pipes, the hot water will help protect the drains from freezing also.
Open cabinet doors to allow heat to reach un-insulated pipes under sinks and appliances near exterior walls.
If despite your best efforts, a water pipe does freeze, use a hair dryer on low temperature to thaw it out. By allowing the water to thaw slowly, the chance of the pipe breaking is reduced.
For tips on how to insulate your pipes, click here.