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To prevent frozen water pipes, keep the pipes warm by wrapping heater tape or foam rubber insulation around them. Fill any drafty gaps or cracks near the pipes with caulk and consider installing a thermal convection-powered hot water recirculation valve if you anticipate a hard or problematic winter ahead. During a hard freeze or if your home loses power, turn the tap on to create a slow, constant drip to prevent frozen pipes! For tips on thawing frozen pipes, read on!