This time of the year many of you will go for days or weeks at a time with the mercury never rising above freezing. That’s the kind of weather where unprotected water pipes tend to freeze and burst.
The immediate fix is allowing the water faucets in your home to drip slightly. Even at a very slow rate, a dripping faucet will help prevent a water line from freezing.
But obviously this isn’t a long term fix because it wastes so much water. The real solution is insulating all the water pipes that travel through unheated spaces like basements, crawl spaces, and attics.
Pick up some inexpensive foam pipe insulation at the home center to cover those bare pipes. You’ll need a flashlight, a utility knife, and a roll of duct tape to warm up those pipes and stop the drips.