First freeze & water pipes: Experts say winterizing can save homeowners money

This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.

SEATTLE — With cold weather moving through Western Washington, homeowners are reminded to winterize their pipes. Each winter, frozen water pipes burst and damage homes.

Seattle Public Utilities offers these tips:

  • Insulate pipes in your home’s crawlspace, basement and attic. Exposed pipes are more susceptible to freezing. The more insulation you use, the better the protection.
  • Heat tape can be used to wrap pipes. Closely follow the manufacturer’s installation and operation instructions.
  • Seal leaks and close foundation vents to minimize cold air entering your house and freezing pipes. Open vents again in the spring to prevent dry rot.
  • Drain and disconnect garden hoses and insulate hose bibs.

"It's worth it when you look at potentially losing thousands in a home flood due to pipes freezing," said Karen Rich with the “Take Winter By Storm” campaign.

Experts say it is also important to know where the water shut-off valve is located.

For more information visit

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s


  • Alex Cheimets

    I think it’s also wise to have a leak detection and automatic shut off system to avoid pipe freeze catastrophe.

    Water Hero is a start-up with a product which detects leaks and pipe bursts and both Alerts the home owner via Smart Phone AND if required, automatically shuts the main valve (based on user preference and leak size).
    It also provides water usage monitoring allowing you to harangue your kids about their showers. Installs without a plumber and without cutting any pipes. (How? It turns your manual valve).
    It’s a bloody brilliant little piece of hardware and onboard and cloud software.

    ​We are now in our Kickstarter Campaign.
    Please consider supporting our campaign. Or giving one for Christmas.


Notice: you are using an outdated browser. Microsoft does not recommend using IE as your default browser. Some features on this website, like video and images, might not work properly. For the best experience, please upgrade your browser.