How To Avoid Frozen Pipes
As a homeowner, it’s important to take steps to prevent your pipes from freezing in the winter. Frozen pipes can burst and cause costly damage to your home. Here are some tips to help keep your pipes from freezing:
- Insulate your pipes. Insulation is one of the most effective ways to prevent pipes from freezing. You can purchase pre-slit foam pipe insulation at most hardware stores, which is easy to install yourself. Be sure to insulate any pipes that are exposed to the cold, such as those in the attic, basement, or garage.
- Keep your thermostat set to the same temperature day and night. A sudden drop in temperature can cause pipes to freeze, so it’s important to keep your home at a consistent temperature.
- Allow faucets to drip. Allowing a small stream of water to flow through your pipes can help prevent them from freezing. This is because the moving water is less likely to freeze than still water.
- Keep your garage door closed. If you have pipes running through your garage, be sure to keep the door closed to keep out the cold air.
- Seal any cracks or gaps. Take a look around your home for any cracks or gaps in the walls or floors. These can allow cold air to seep in and freeze your pipes. Seal these areas with caulk or expanding foam to keep the cold air out.
- Keep the heat on. If you’re going to be away from home for an extended period of time, be sure to keep the heat on to prevent your pipes from freezing. Even if you’re only going to be away for a few days, it’s better to be safe than sorry.
By following these tips, you can help prevent your pipes from freezing and avoid costly damage to your home. If you suspect that your pipes have frozen, it’s important to call a professional plumber to thaw them out and check for any damage.
If you need any help with your pipes or prevent them from freezing, don’t hesitate to contact Foxchase Contracting, we are here to help you.