When the weather is taking a deep nose dive into the cold dreary days, the risk of your pipes freezing and potentially bursting skyrockets. Unfortunately, during these cold dreary months, burst pipes are the most common denominator for property damage.
The pipes that are most at the risk are those that are in areas where it is most cold in your home. For instance, pipes located in interior places such as basements, attics, and your garage. Unfortunately, that doesn’t mean that the pipes running through your cabinets or exterior walls can’t freeze. Good news, however, is that you can do things to help ensure the longevity of your pipes.
How to beat the freeze –
Once the temperature starts to drop during the winter, you should be taking the proper measures needed to ensure that your pipes stay warm and that there is circulation of water through them. Some steps that experts may recommend could go against your better judgement when it comes to saving water and heat. However, it would go without saying that when expenses are compared, damaged pipes could put a bigger dent in your wallet than a water bill.
Here is what you can do:
- Keep your garage door closed. This is very important, especially if you have water supply lines running through your garage.
- Open your kitchen and bathroom cabinets to allow warm air to circulate through them.
- Allow air circulation throughout your home. Keeping the interior doors open will once again allow the warm air to circulate inside your home.
- Ensure your thermostat is running the same temperature throughout the night and day.
- If you happen to plan to be away from home during the cold months, ensure you are setting your temperature no lower than 55° F. This should provide enough heat to keep the pipes warm and to prevent any water left inside the pipes from freezing.
- For more of a long-term solution, add insulation to attics, basement, and other crawl spaces around your home.
- Allowing your faucet to drip, it will allow it to relive the pressure in the system. This is important because the pressure that is created between the blockage and the faucet can potentially cause the pipes to burst. Allowing the faucet to drip will prevent the pressure from building up, therefore keeping the pipes from bursting.
- For the pipes in your home that are easily accessible, applying electrical tape to them might prevent them from freezing over. This is a quick fix, as you can apply the tape directly to the pipe. There are two types of heating tapes:
- One type of heating tape turns on and off by itself when it senses heat is needed.
- The other type of heating tape needs to be applied when heat is needed and removed when not necessary.
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Ensuring you have taken all the necessary steps to prevent your pipes from bursting this winter could save you the headache of replacing a brand-new system within your home. For other great tips and tricks, follow through to our blog! For any other questions you may have, contact us! Our technicians are dependable, and full of knowledge to share!