The Missouri insurance industry suggests the following tips to keep pipes from freezing.
* Detach water hoses and store them indoors prior to the first freeze.
* Use faucet covers or wrap rags, paper, trash bags or plastic foam around outdoor faucets and
pipes for insulation.
* Seal cracks and holes in outside walls and foundations near water pipes with caulking.
* When extremely cold weather is forecast, open kitchen and bathroom cabinets that border
outside walls to expose water pipes to warmer indoor air.
* Keep a slow trickle of water flowing through faucets connected to pipes that run through an
unheated space. Alternatively, consider turning off the shut-off valve while these faucets are
running in order to drain the pipes and help avoid freezing.
* If you leave town for more than a few days in winter, don't turn down the indoor thermostat
* In the event your pipes freeze, turn off your water at the shut-off valve.
* Don't leave electrical appliances near frozen pipes.
* Don't use high-risk techniques in an attempt to thaw frozen pipes. This can result in more
substantial damage. If you try to thaw your own pipes, be careful. Think twice, you may need
to call a professional plumber for assistance.