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How to Keep Freezing Faucets Running


Prevent your pipes from freezing during cold weather conditions.

The process of freezing water is very fast, so if you don't catch it quickly, there is a high possibility of having your pipes freeze. The attic is the most vulnerable location for pipes to freeze and crack, so make sure to have a generous amount of insulation for protection. Make yourself aware of oncoming weather conditions, so you will know when your pipes might freeze. Your first line of defense is to leave a gentle stream of water flowing overnight, keeping pipes active and preventing an ice blockage.

Difficulty: Moderate




Things You'll Need:

Insulation sleeve

Electrical tape

Heat tape

Waterproof wrap



Touch the surface of the pipeline from the faucet down. Determine which area of the pipe is most frigid, and if there are any water leaks in the pipe. This is where you will install the tape and insulation.


Take the heat tape and begin to coil it around the pipe. Create a single layer of tape, all the way down the pipe. Be careful not to overlap it on itself. Most home fires are caused by poor installation of heat tape.


Apply strips of electrical tape on top of the heat tape to secure it in place. Space the electrical tape at even intervals on top of the heat tape. Do not leave any bunches of tape or extra layers. Slide the insulation sleeve onto the pipe, over the heat tape to conceal it from display.


Cover the insulation sleeve with waterproof wrap, if not already purchased that way, and plug the cord of the heat tape into your wall socket. Make sure to have it plugged in prior to the days of the coldest weather. Be sure not to plug heat tape into an extension cord that's plugged into a wall; it must be plugged in directly to avoid a risk of fire.

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