The winter season is upon us, and before you know it we’ll be having days of temperatures below freezing. The cold weather isn’t just a problem for you and your comfort, it can also be an issue for your plumbing. Without proper precautions, extremely cold weather can lead to frozen pipes. Fortunately, there are some steps you can take to prevent your pipes from freezing in the very cold weather. Check out our list of tips below!
Keep the Heat On
One of the best things you can do to keep your pipes from freezing is to keep your heat on at all times. You might be tempted to turn off your heat at night, but it’s better to keep it in a low setting. If you leave your home for an extended period of time, you might consider turning off your heat to save money. However, you will risk damaging your pipes. Instead, keep your heat on a low setting, around 50 degrees, to keep your pipes in tact. After all, a pipe replacement from a burst frozen pipe will be much more expensive than keeping your heat on low.
When you’re expecting particularly cold weather, especially at night, be sure to open all of your faucets. Turn them on slightly to let water drip out. When water is traveling through your pipes, it is much less likely to freeze than standing water. By leaving water just dripping, it will not waste a significant amount of water. Opening your faucets is a good idea especially on particularly cold nights to keep your pipes from freezing.
If your pipes aren’t well insulated, you might consider installing extra insulation around your pipes. This is an especially good idea if you live somewhere where it is frequently cold. Adding insulation will keep your pipes warm, leaving them less likely to freeze. To prevent future freezing of your pipes, consider additional insulation to keep your pipes always warm.
Seal Cracks in Your Home
If you have cracks or holes in your foundation, walls, or other parts of your home, filling and repairing them can help prevent your pipes from freezing. When your home has cracks, the cracks let cold air into your home that makes your pipes colder and more likely to freeze. To minimize the likelihood of your pipes freezing, seal any cracks and holes in your home that might let in the cold air.
If any of your pipes are leaking, you should fix them immediately to help prevent your pipes from freezing in the cold weather. The dripping water can freeze, which can make the rest of your pipes freeze as well. Additionally, these leaks will make your pipes more likely to burst if they freeze then thaw. To avoid these issues, be sure to fix any leaks in your plumbing before the cold weather comes.
What to Do if Your Pipes Freeze
If your pipes do freeze, don’t worry. There are steps you can take to fix it. Open all of your faucets to avoid a rush of water, then thaw the pipe. You can use heat from your home, a direct heater, or infrared lamp. In extreme cases, you might need to cut a section of wall to get to the pipe to thaw, but this case is very rare and unlikely. If your pipes burst, turn off the main water line, repair any leaks, then immediately call a professional to fix the damage.
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