How to Prevent Frozen Pipes

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Frozen or freezing pipes can be prevented with foam insulation that wraps around the pipes. Wrap electrical tape around pipes in cold climates with help from a home repair specialist and remodeling contractor in this free video on home improvement and maintenance.

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Hi! I'm Tim Gibson and I'm going to talk to you about how to prevent freezing pipes. Now, some of the basic things you can do in your home, in your bathroom where you have a lot of your pipes, in your walls, typically there's closets or other space on the other side of that. If it's a closet on the other side keeping those closet doors open to allow the heat in your house to circulate through those areas that's some preventative thinks you can do. Now when we actually get into pipes such as in garages or crawl spaces then there's some other things that you can do to help prevent freezing pipes there. The first would to be use pipe insulation such as you see here. This is foam insulation that wraps around the pipe and secures with some type of tape, in this case like a duct tape. Now if you are in some really cold climates where you have several days of below freezing weather, then the next step up from this would be to actually use an electrical tape that wraps around your pipes and then the electrical tape actually stays warm and keeps your pipe from freezing. Now some other things you can do, particularly in a crawl space, is you can take a lamp, just a utility lamp on an extension cord and place it up, actually hang it up, by your pipes and with a 100 watt bulb, in most cases, hung up near your pipes, if it happens to be near a foundation bed or something like that it will actually provide enough heat to keep that area from getting below freezing where it makes your pipes freeze. So I'm Tim Gibson with some tips on how to prevent your pipes from freezing.

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