2. If you have had pipes freeze before try to increase the heat in that portion of the house.

Some suggestions:

  • The pipes on the outside wall of a sink cabinet may not freeze if you leave the cabinet doors open during the cold snap.
  • Most furnaces have a register for the basement area which is normally closed, if basement pipes freeze, you may want to open that register.
  • There are numerous schools and inspection organizations throughout the country, and thousands of inspectors. Because the quality and purpose of the organizations vary, so do the qualifications and skills of inspectors.
  • Don't try to heat crawl spaces. Electric heating tapes work best on exposed pipes in unheated locations such as crawl spaces. Insulating the pipes may help, but even the best insulation will only reduce the time for the cold temperature to penetrate to the pipes.
  • For the weekend cabin, pipe insulation will not help unless you keep the cabin heated all the time. The only solution here is to modify the plumbing system so as to allow for the draining of the water from the pipes (even that will not help unless you remember to drain the pipes before you leave the cabin).
  • In areas of the house with little protection from the cold it may be necessary to leave faucets on at night. A thin stream or fast drip should do the trick (hot water lines can freeze just as easily as cold ones if they are unused and run through an uninsulated and unheated space).