How to Keep Pipes from Freezing

By Adam Chick

How to Keep Pipes from Freezing

January 24, 2013 Updated Jan 24, 2013 at 11:36 PM EST

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) One of the most common and potentially damaging effects of winter on a house are frozen pipes.

Keeping pipes from freezing isn't so much a plumbing issue as it is an insulation issue.

Basements pose the biggest problem since many aren't properly insulated.

Technicians at Foam-It Insulation say crucial areas for pipes are those that run through the walls, as they are usually the first to freeze. Doors also pose a problem because most aren't insulated.

Foam insulation is more effective than standard insulation, yet is used in only about 10 percent of households, according to Jonny Norton of Foam-It Insulation.

"If you insulate a house properly you should never have any pipes freezing inside your house. The time when pipes freeze is when outdoor air comes into contact with your pipe. Then it freezes your water and it's a downfall effect from there," Norton said.

A cheaper solution to keeping pipes warm is to use pipe insulation

Norton said every pipe in an average size house can be fitted for less than $100.