30 Jan Prevent Frozen Pipes In Your Home This Winter
When temperatures fall below zero even interior pipes can freeze
As winter temperatures begin to drop, it is important to think about protecting your home from the elements. This includes protecting your water pipes from freezing and then bursting – which is one of the most common reasons for property damage during this time of year. The pipes that are at the most risk for freezing include pipes exposed to severe cold, water supply pipes in unheated areas of your home, and pipes that run against an exterior wall with little or no insulation. A common misconception is that homes in the northern part of the county are more susceptible experiencing freezing pipe and actually, it is more common in warmer climates because the homes are not built to withstand such cold temperatures.
The good news is there are some simple things you can do to prevent frozen pipes from occurring. Here are a few tips:
- Keep the heat on and running at a consistent temperate. If you plan on being away, do not turn the heat down lower than 55 degrees F.
- Close the garage doors. This protects any pipes that run through the garage and help conserve heat.
- Open cabinet doors to allow warmer air to circulate around the plumbing when you open kitchen and bathroom cabinet doors. Make sure you put any harmful cleaners and household chemicals out of the reach of children.
- Allow the faucet to drip. Make sure to select a faucet connected to exposed or uninsulated pipes. Keeping the faucet running – even at a small drip – and open prevents pressure from building up and keeps it from bursting.
- Add insulation, especially to attics, basements, crawl spaces and garages. Insulation will help maintain a higher temperate in those areas that are climate-controlled.
If you discover that water is only coming out as a trickle when you turn a facet on, you may well have a frozen pipe despite your best efforts. Be careful when thawing as the pipe may have already burst. You will see water come flowing out and flooding your home if this is the case. For a broken pipe, turn off the water at the main shutoff valve and call a plumber. If the pipe is just frozen and hasn’t burst, then you can try these steps to unfreeze.
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