How to avoid frozen pipes this winter
Frozen pipes in your home can cause major damage and unnecessary stress. Pipes that freeze the most frequently are those that are exposed to extreme cold, such as outdoor hose bibs, water sprinkler lines, and water supply pipes in unconditioned areas like basements, crawlspaces, garages, and kitchen cabinets. Pipes that run against exterior walls with little to no insulation are especially susceptible. Before freezing weather sets in, follow these tip and tricks to help prevent frozen pipes in your home.
- Drain water from swimming pools and sprinkler systems for the winter.
- Remove outdoor hoses and allow the hose bib to drain completely. Keep the valve open so that any remaining water in the pipe can expand with no damage.
- Check for home for pipes located in unheated areas. Both hot and cold water pipes in these areas should be insulated.
- If you live in an especially cold area consider installing specific products made to insulate water pipes.
- Open kitchen and bathroom cabinet doors to allow warmer air to circulate around the pipes.
- When the weather is very cold, let cold water trickle through the pipes.
- If you are traveling for a extended period during cold weather, leave your thermostat set a no lower than 55 F.
We hope these tips help you to avoid frozen pipes all together but if you do happen to need our help we are available 24/7. Call our office at 859-225-3193.