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How can I prevent pipes from freezing in the future?

Preventing pipes from freezing is crucial, especially in colder climates like Spokane. Here are some tips from Mainstream to help you avoid frozen pipes in the future:

  1. Insulate pipes: Use pipe insulation sleeves or heat tape to protect pipes in unheated areas like basements and attics.
  2. Seal gaps: Caulk around windows, doors, and pipe entry points to keep cold air out.
  3. Maintain temperature: Keep your home consistently heated, even when you’re away, to prevent freezing.
  4. Allow faucets to drip: Dripping faucets can relieve pressure in pipes and prevent freezing.
  5. Disconnect hoses: Drain outdoor hoses and shut off outdoor water to prevent freezing.
  6. Heat unheated areas: Add supplemental heating to spaces with exposed pipes, like garages.
  7. Consider backup power: Install a generator to keep essential systems running during power outages.

Following these tips can help you avoid the costly damage of frozen pipes. Contact Mainstream for any plumbing concerns or assistance.