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Written by Darren Chase
Discovered a leak in the wall!
When I moved into my home, I noticed a large hole in the wall next to my garage doors. Turns out the previous owner experienced the dreaded burst frozen water spigot pipe. I did a little research to understand how to prevent a recurrence.
Here are a few tips:
- Try to find and close the isolation valves for your hose bibs. They should be on the inside above your spigots. Close these valves then open your spigots to drain the water most likely to freeze. If no valves get those spigot covers,
- If you have access, considers wrapping insulation around these exterior pipes.
- The pipes in exterior walls, likely your kitchen sink is at risk. Open the cabinet doors for these faucets at night to circulate warm air.
- Drip water from a sink at night. The expansion of freezing water causes a burst Dripping water relieves pressure that can build in the system.
- Find your water isolation valves and make sure you have the tools to shut them handy. There should be a valve inside near where the water enters your house and of course there is a valve at the street meter.
- Have a trusted plumber’s phone number handy… just in case.