Any water pipe exposed to temperatures of 32ºF or below can freeze. As anyone who has put a bottle of water in the freezer can attest, freezing water expands (by 9% actually). Expansion of water as it freezes can generate enough pressure to burst pipes and fixtures. As those frozen pipes thaw, the water may flood your home, costing money in repairs and on your water bill. Pipes in attics, crawl spaces, and unheated rooms are particularly susceptible to freezing.
Download the Winterization Guide with step-by-step instructions.
All homeowners who plan to be away for more than a day should take the following steps in preparation for winter weather: