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How to Prevent Frozen Pipes

How to Prevent Frozen Pipes

Do you live in a climate that gets hit hard in the winter with freezing temperatures? If so, you may have suffered from frozen pipes a time or two. If you’ve had enough, here’s a guide to help you prevent your pipes from freezing.

  • Drain Pipes– Always drain your smaller pipes that are likely to freeze if you suspect temperatures to drop significantly. This includes draining the pipes to your landscape sprinklers and the pipes to your pool. Additionally, consider disconnecting and draining your hoses.
  • Promote Circulation – It’s important to promote heat circulation throughout your home to ensure your pipes are receiving heat. To promote warm air circulation, consider sealing wall cracks, periodically opening kitchen cabinets (that lead to pipes), keep garage doors closed as much as possible, and insulate around vents and light fixtures.
  • Don’t Let Your Indoor Temp Drop – It’s not uncommon for people to shut their heat or air off when they are leaving their home for a long period of time. However, in the winter this is not recommended, especially if you live in a cold climate. To prevent frozen pipes, don’t let your home temperature fall below 55 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Bonus Tip – One final tip that could make a difference when it comes to frozen pipe prevention is allowing your faucets to drip. During freezing temperatures consider letting your faucets drip cold water. The movement in your pipes will make it difficult for the water to freeze.

We hope these steps will prevent your pipes from freezing. In the case that your pipes do burst, always call a professional. If you have any questions regarding frozen pipes, and the services provide, contact us at Warren Restoration today!

How to Prevent Frozen Pipes

How to Prevent Frozen Pipes

Here at Warren Restoration, we know from experience just how much damage can result from a frozen pipe. If you find yourself dealing with frozen pipes this winter, you can call our team to get the expert restoration services you need to make your home or business as good as new. However, our team also understands that you no doubt want to avoid this situation if at all possible, so in this article, we’ll go over some key steps you can take to prevent your pipes from freezing in the first place.

  • Temporary Steps- There are a number of different steps you can take to prevent your pipes from freezing in the short term, but the majority of them rely on the same basic principle of exposing your pipes to heat. One strategy is to simply turn up your central heating, but you can also do things like open vanity and cabinet doors or set up fans to blow warm air towards these vulnerable pipes. In addition to exposing your pipes to heat, we recommend letting water drip overnight to prevent freezing–setting your faucets to trickle will keep the water moving and make freezing less likely, and it will prevent pressure from building up and potentially bursting, which is the main danger of frozen pipes.
  • Long-Term Steps- If you want more permanent protection from frozen pipes, you’ll need to make more significant changes to your plumbing system or other parts of your home. For instance, you can call a plumber to install heating cables around your pipes, or to reroute pipes away from the coldest spots in your property. Other solutions that we at Warren Restoration encourage you to consider include replacing your outdoor faucets with frost-proof models and even insulating your crawlspace. If you’d like our professional advice on how best to protect your home or business, just give us a call.

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Tips to Prevent Frozen Pipes

Photo by chuttersnap on Unsplash
Photo by chuttersnap on Unsplash

Frozen pipes are a very common source of water damage. The pressure of ice expanded inside a pipe bursts it, and your troubles are just starting. The best solution is to prevent frozen pipes in the first place. Follow these tips to help you prevent frozen pipes from ruining your winter.

Leave the Heat Running

It can be hard to leave the heat on when you know people won’t be using the building. If you’re traveling for the holidays or your rental property will be empty over the weekend, it’s tempting to just turn everything off to save money. However, most internal pipes are not as well insulated as external pipes. They rely on the heat of the house to prevent pipes from freezing. Leave your thermostat on, just set it lower than usual–about 50 degrees is enough to keep interior pipes safe.

Leave the Taps Running

Wasting water is never your first choice, but if you’re having a very cold snap at home this is the best way to fight frozen pipes. Moving water is less likely to freeze, so leave your faucets at a slow drip. Keeping the pipe open also works to prevent a buildup of pressure inside the pipe if ice does form there! Without pressure, a frozen pipe can’t burst.

Wrap Exterior Pipes

Before the cold really sets in, take the time to walk around your property and look for exposed pipes. Wrapping these pipes in insulating tape or spray foam can help prevent freezing. It stops wind chill and ensures that pipes keep their heat better. If you use a permanent type of insulation, this is a move that you only have to make once.

Make Repairs Early in the Season

While you’re looking for exposed pipes, also keep an eye out for holes and problem with your exterior walls. These holes let in drafts and let your heated air out! They can even cause pipes inside your home or building to freeze. Extensive repairs should be undertaken by professionals, but if you only have minor damage to fix you can probably do it yourself. If you know how to use caulk, you can patch small problems. The sooner in the season you catch these problems, the more you’ll save on energy and the like.

Preventing frozen pipes starts with attention to detail. Take the time to care for your property. Inspect the outside for holes and gaps that need to be taken care of. Do it yourself, or hire a professional to make sure that your indoor pipes aren’t exposed to outdoor temperatures. Wrap your exterior pipes in insulation to be sure that the heat you’re giving them is going as far as possible. Some forms of insulation are permanent, so investing in this opportunity once could be all you need. If you’re tempted to cut costs on heating and water during the winter season, remind yourself that the cost of a frozen pipe is a lot more than the cost of keeping your building 50 degrees. You can prevent frozen pipes, and these tips will help.