How to Prevent Frozen Pipes in Your Home

16 Jan

How to Prevent Frozen Pipes in Your Home

During the winter months, when temperatures are below freezing, many homeowners become concerned about their pipes freezing. Frozen pipes can cause a series of problems, including no heat or hot water and the possibility of the pipes bursting, which is very expensive to repair.

Frozen water pipes prevent water from travelling from your main water source to your faucets because ice builds up inside and blocks the flow of water. Pressure slowly starts to build between the frozen area and closed faucet, and when the pressure increases to a high enough point, it becomes more than the pipe can bear, and it bursts.

Here are some tips and methods of prevention to avoid frozen pipes in the winter:

  1. Inspect all plumbing supply pipes in your house and determine which pipes may be vulnerable to freezing. Pipes that are exposed to the outdoors or pipes running through unheated crawlspaces or basements are pipes that are most at risk. Also look for areas where cold air can enter your home, such as ventilation ducts and pipes serving outdoor spigots.
  2. Keep the thermostat at a steady temperature both during the day and night. An increased electric bill is always better than paying thousands to get your house refitted with new pipes.
  3. Turn your water faucets on with a slow drip. Increase the slow drip if you notice that it has ceased, so you can keep water flowing and prevent it from freezing in your pipes. Always remember that the faucets should be allowed to drip as long as temperatures are below the freezing mark. Let all faucets drip, including showerheads and bathtub faucets.
  4. Place insulation around your pipes before the cold season comes. You can use heat tape or fiberglass. Heat tape is one of the most effective ways to protect your pipes from the freezing cold. Following the manufacturer’s installation and operating instructions, wind the tape in a spiral pattern around the pipes to protect them.
  5. Create heat circulation by keeping closet doors open. This will allow heat to get to pipes located under sinks or on the other side of walls.

Following these tips can help save your pipes and guarantee you peace of mind and safety all winter.

Jennifer Fields
Oklahoma City & Edmond Real Estate Agent


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