Avoid Freezing Pipes

Tips on How to Prevent Frozen Pipes

  • Keep garage doors closed if there are water supply lines in the garage.
  • Open cabinet doors in the kitchen and bathrooms to allow warmer air to circulate around the plumbing.
  • When the temperature falls below 32°F outside, let the cold water drip from the faucet. Running water through the pipe – even at a trickle – helps prevent pipes from freezing.
  • Keep the thermostat set to the same temperature both during the day and at night. By temporarily suspending the use of lower nighttime temperatures, you may incur a higher heating bill, but you can prevent a much more costly repair fee if pipes freeze and burst.
  • If you will be going away during cold weather, leave the heat on in your home, set to a temperature no lower than 60° F. Do not turn off HVAC units.
  • Regularly change your air filters and do not block air vents with furniture or floor mats.

Per your Lease Agreement, damages to your home per negligence will be charged to tenants. Please reference Page 7, Section C, Subsection 2, Letter C. “Freezing of Pipes: To help in preventing the freezing of pipes, Tenant agrees that when the temperatures outside falls below 32°F, Tenant shall: (1) leave the thermostat regulating the heat serving Premises in an “on” position and set to a minimum of 60°F; and (2) leave the faucets dripping.”

If you would like more tips and information on how to prevent frozen pipes, visit this helpful post by the Red Cross: http://www.redcross.org/get-help/how-to-prepare-for-emergencies/types-of-emergencies/winter-storm/frozen-pipes