Think twice before you shut the heat off in a vacation home or even your own home’s attic or guest rooms. You might be trying to save money and conserve energy, but you could be setting yourself up for the wet mess caused by a burst plumbing pipe or sprinkler system.
When the water inside your pipes freezes, it puts great pressure on its container — including metal and plastic pipes. When that happens, the pipes can leak or explode, causing flooding and plenty of property damage.
To keep your pipes from freezing, don’t expose them to freezing temperatures. Keep the thermostat at 55 degrees or higher in all areas of your home. In parts of your house without heat, like exterior walls and attics, add insulation around pipes to keep them warm all winter long.