Prevention is the best method when it comes to keeping your water flowing as the cold months roll in. In our September post, we looked at ways to prepare your faucets and hoses for the upcoming season, but now that the snow is falling and temperatures are beginning to drop, it’s important to know how you can prevent pipes from freezing during the coldest months.
One way to avoid a plumbing emergency is to guard your pipes with foam padding sleeves or special insulating tape. You can also use space heaters to keep exposed pipes warm; just make sure they are kept at a safe distance from the pipe.
You might be tempted to turn down your heat at night to save on your energy bill, but this can actually increase the chance of freezing pipes. It’s also a good idea to let heat circulate in your home, by leaving kitchen and bathroom cupboards open during a cold snap. Both hot and cold water supply pipes are at risk of freezing if water is not running through the pipes frequently, so make sure you run water through each valve in your home regularly.
If your pipes do freeze this winter make sure you turn off your water at the main shut-off valve before trying to thaw it yourself. You can try to thaw a frozen pipe by using a hair drier or heat gun, but never with an open flame. If you are dealing with a burst or cracked pipe make sure to call a plumbing professional at Butler Plumbing.