How to Prepare Your Home for Cold/ Freezing Temperatures

As real estate experts, we got a lot of calls from friends, family, and rental tenants, about ‘what the heck to do’ when it was so cold in the Triangle this past week. To prepare you for the next big freeze, check out our tips on what you can do to ensure your home is ready for the cold snap.

  1. Disconnect and drain hoses from outdoor hose bibs.
  2. Open cabinet doors in kitchens and baths to expose plumbing to heat.
  3. Leave a faucet dripping lukewarm water to prevent pipes from freezing.
  4. Locate your main water shut-off for quick and easy access in the event of a water emergency.
  5. Keep all exterior doors closed tight, including garage doors.
  6. If a pipe freezes in spite of your best efforts, don’t panic! Pipes often thaw without bursting.

What to Do If You Have a Frozen Pipe

  1. Turn on your faucets and leave them on. As ice begins to melt, moving water will hasten the melting process and soon your pipes will be clear.
  2. Try locating the frozen section of pipe.
  3. Try warming the frozen section with a hair dryer or portable heater (never an open flame).
  4. If a pipe bursts, turn off the main water valve immediately and call a reputable service provider.

A frozen pipe does not have to mean trouble. For more information on how to thaw a frozen pipe, watch this short how-to video. You will need a hair dryer or a portable heater for the video.

Heat Tape

One of our realtors, Stephanie Gilmore, also swears by heat tape. Heat tape is used to maintain or raise the temperature of pipes and vessels. Learn more about heat tape and heating cable at
Please keep in mind that plumbers do not service frozen pipes unless there is a leak. An ounce of prevention is truly worth a pound of cure when preventing frozen water pipes!
If you have any questions about protecting your home during the cold, winter months, feel free to contact us. Stay warm this winter and let us know if there is anything we can do to help!

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