Monday, December 17, 2018

How to Prevent Your Pipes From Freezing

When the temperatures plummet, the risk of your pipes freezing and bursting skyrockets.  Burst pipes are one of the most common causes of property damage during frigid weather and can cause thousands of dollars in water damage. 

The pipes most at risk are those in unheated interior spaces such as basements, attics, and garages.  Here are some tips you can put to use to help prevent a major catastrophe. 

-Pick up some pipe insulation from your local hardware store and protect any pipes you feel may be vulnerable to freezing.

-Keep garage doors closed, especially if there are water supply lines in the garage.

-Open kitchen and bathroom cabinet doors to allow warmer air to circulate around the plumbing. 

-Let the cold water drip from a faucet served by exposed pipes.  Running the water through the pipe helps prevent pipes from freezing.

-Keep the thermostat set to the same temperature during day and night.  You don't want to turn down the thermostat at night when the temperature reaches it's the coldest point. 

-If you are planning to be away from home during cold weather, leave the heat on in your home, set to a temperature no lower than 55 degrees. 

-Add insulation to attics, basements, and crawl spaces to maintain higher temperatures in those areas.  Seal any cracks and openings around windows, doors, and sill plates.  

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