Here in El Paso, we are approaching our cold weather. During this time of the year, the temperature can reach the teens. Since parts of your home plumbing system may be exposed to freezing temperatures, they should either be wrapped in pipe insulation or protected with electric heat tape. Plug the electric heat tape in when winter comes.
Walk the exterior of your home and look in your attic or basement areas for exposed pipes.
It also makes sense, at any time of the year, to insulate the hot-water pipes. That will prevent loss of heat before the water gets where it’s going—and can cut down on your heating bill. Also, don’t forget to insulate pipes above the water heater if it is in an unheated location such as a sealed closet or garage.