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Frozen Pipes Dilemmas: The Hard Cold Facts of Insulation Effectiveness and Building Tightness

June 16, 2011
When the air temperature inside the heated space is cold enough to freeze plumbing, clearly there's a problem.
Every winter, just after the first cold snap, I always get a wave of calls from panicking homeowners with frozen pipes. Surprisingly, many of these frustrated homeowners do not live in drafty antique buildings, but in newly constructed homes. How can a fully insulated home with double pane windows and tight doors have frozen pipes-especially when those pipes are located in the middle of the heated space?  

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