How to Prevent Frozen Pipes
The Keokuk Municipal waterworks offers the following suggestions for preventing frozen pipes in winter:
* All water pipes that are exposed to the cold should be insulated. Outside pipes, and pipes in an unheated garage or basement typically are exposed to the cold. Nearly any blanket-type insulation helps prevent freezing.
* Close off crawl spaces, repair cracked and broken basement windows, and stop up openings around casements. Weather strip and caulk basement doors and windows until they close tightly.
* Insulate meters.