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How Do I Prevent the Pipes Leading to My House from Freezing?

We live in northern Ohio. Winters are cold and we were told to turn off the outside faucets in the fall before the freezing weather arrives. We did this, however the pipes leading to our outside faucet still froze and broke. What did we do wrong?

Many people wonder how to prevent frozen pipes and the truth of the matter is, turning off the water is not enough. You must also disconnect the garden hose connected to the faucet to allow the water in the pipe to drain out. This will allow the piping to withstand the cold weather. It's also a good idea to cover outside faucets using a styrofoam faucet insulation kit available at home centers.