December Home Maintenance To-Do List

Insulated pipes under a house
Well insulated pipes can prevent frozen, burst pipes during the winter. (DepositPhotos)

To-Do #6: Insulate Exposed Water Pipes

A frozen and burst pipe is a very unpleasant winter surprise, so it’s a good idea to insulate water pipes in a crawlspace to reduce the chance of freezing.

Insulating water pipes:

  • Choose foam pipe insulation that matches the diameter of the water pipes.
  • Cut the insulation to length with a box cutter or scissors.
  • Open the insulation along the split edge, and fit it around the pipes.
  • Tape any joints in the foam insulation together.


  1. Thanks for this info. I had no idea filters had different “sides.” Your site (and TV series) has helped this senior citizen more than you’ll ever know. Please keep up the good work. Merry Christmas!

  2. I have a 1950’s Ranch home with detached garage. There only 3 joists (~20′ – 2×4) in the garage running side to side. Each of them are cracking at knot holes. What is the best way to strengthen/fix (sister another 2×4, or bolt 3″x2″ steel angle and bolt together)??


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