Baby, it’s cold outside!!
It’s actually so cold that it’s time to do more than just complain about the temps. (Although you’re still welcome to join us in doing so.) Truly frigid weather means a threat to your home in the form of frozen (and possibly burst) pipes. But we have tips, via Plymouth Rock, to help keep the water flowing and the plumbing intact!
Avoiding Frozen Pipes
- Let cold water trickle from the faucets in your home.
- Keep garage doors closed, especially if you have water supply lines in the garage.
- Open kitchen and bathroom cabinets to allow warm air to reach the plumbing (be sure to move any cleaners or chemicals out of the reach of children and pets).
- Keep your thermostat set to a warm temperature. If you’re leaving town, set it to no lower than 65 degrees.
- If you will be traveling, consider shutting off your water supply at your home’s main valve. Be sure to drain your pipes by turning on your faucets.
There are some other things you can do to prevent frozen pipes that require a trip to the hardware store… and the minimal investment of money and time could save you big over the expense of repairing your pipes.
- Buy foam insulation tubes for your pipes.
- Seal air leaks. If you don’t know where your leaks are, here’s an easy trick – burn an incense stick and watch the smoke. When you locate leaks, use weather stripping, door sweeps, or caulking to eliminate air flow.
- Insulate your basement and attic.
- Turn off and drain any outside faucets.
- If you have pipes that are prone to freezing, invest in some heat tape. It’s an electrical product that will actively warm the pipes and keep water moving.
And if it’s already too late…?
In the unfortunate event your pipes have frozen, turn on the taps, try to warm the affected area with a hair dryer, and call a plumber. If the worst should happen and your pipe has burst, immediately shut off the water at the source.