Frozen pipes can be a significant hazard in and around your home. When temperatures drop below freezing, the water inside the pipes can freeze. Once the frozen water starts expanding, pressure builds up inside of these pipes, which can lead to burst pipes and headaches for homeowners. Luckily, we have put together 5 tips that can help you prevent frozen pipes this winter, especially while you are traveling during the holiday season.
Maintain the heat at the same temperature during the day and night.
Fluctuating temperatures throughout the day and night can contribute to frozen pipes. It is also always recommended to maintain your heat at 55º or higher, even when you are out of town. Colder indoor temperatures can facilitate frozen pipes, especially in poorly insulated areas.
When temperatures drop, allow the faucet to drip.
Even slight trickles of water can help release pressure and prevent it from building up. This is especially helpful throughout pipes located near outside walls.
Periodically open your kitchen and bathroom cabinet doors to circulate warmer air around plumbing fixtures.
Plumbing fixtures located under sinks and in cabinets can be prone to freezing, too. Keeping your cabinet doors open where these pipes are located can allow warmer area to circulate around the plumbing and prevent pressure buildup and blockages in the pipes from ice.
Insulate pipes located close to outside walls or other poorly insulated areas.
Pipes located in or around outside walls, attics, or crawl spaces have the greatest chances of freezing. Insulation materials such as foam rubber can help prevent burst pipes after a deep freeze. It is also important to keep windows, doors, and garage doors closed in areas where pipes are located.
Seal any leaks or cracks around, on, or near pipes.
It is a good idea to caulk holes or cracks near pipes, both on interior and exterior walls. This helps prevent the cold air from reaching the pipes and causing potential water damage to your home.
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