Frozen Pipes Roundup

January 30, 2011

Frozen pipes can be one of the hazards of living in the Midwest in the winter.  There’s a huge snow storm making it’s way into the heartland, to be followed by an “arctic blast” of freezing cold temperatures – as the weather people love to call it.

Here are some tips our water company gave us to help deal with and prevent frozen pipes:

  1. Locate your main water shutoff value in case of an emergency
  2. During extremely cold temperatures, leave doors on cabinets with water pipes open and leave a trickle of hot and cold water running in several faucets
  3. If leaving for a few days, keep thermostat above 55 degrees and consider closing the main shut off valve and draining water pipes
  4. If pipes do freeze or burst, leave faucets on, shut off the main, and call a licensed plumber

I always do #3 when we go out of town during the winter, don’t want to come back to a huge water mess in the house.  Anyhow, for those of you trapped inside during the upcoming blizzard, here are some personal finance articles for you to read:


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Thanks to Bett and Greg for including my contribution Best Gym Membership Deals to this week’s Carnival of Personal Finance over at Control Your Cash.


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