You definitely don’t want freezing pipes over the winter.  Here are a few tips:

  1.  Outside spigots are very vulnerable to freezing.  Be sure to unhook the hose from the spigot.  You can add extra insulation to the pipe and/or buy an inexpensive cover for the spigot from the hardware store.
  2. If you have pipes on outside walls you might want to add insulation to them as well.
  3. keep your temperature at lease 60 degrees if you leave town or if the home is vacant.
  4. If the home is vacant or if you leave town it is always a good idea to turn the main water shut off to the home off…just in case.