• Block or close foundation vents during freezing temperatures: The vents allow freezing air to pass through an area of the home that typically contains a number of plumbing pipes, which increases the risk of having a pipe freeze. During the coldest part of the winter, humidity levels are at their lowest, so the risk of moisture-related damage is minimal. On the other hand, the risk of damage from frozen pipes is at its highest during this time.
  • Add insulation in walls, attic, and floors: Insulating ceilings, walls, and floors adds resistance to the flow of heat and decreases the heating or cooling needed to keep your home at a comfortable temperature.
  • Seal your windows: Any season of the year is a good season to seal up the house, but you may notice leaky windows more in the fall or winter. Especially if drafts blowing in around the frame make you cold.
  • Wrap exposed pipes: Cover any exposed pipes with insulating materials. If you do not have commercial insulating materials, use plastic, newspaper, rags or blankets.
  • Check outside faucets: Remove hoses from outside faucet and check the washers to be sure there are no leaks, which could freeze and back up into the household plumbing.
  • Secure Water Meter Lids: Make sure your water meter lid is on tight and secure to prevent the meter from freezing.
  • Open window coverings for heat: In the winter, open window coverings on the sunny side of your home to take advantage of free heat from the sun.