Dec 7, 2016

How To Prevent Pipes From Freezing

How to prevent pipes in your home from freezing

Freezing weather can do some serious damage to your home – especially your pipes. When pipes freeze, they can burst, and this can cause flooding in your home, and water damage that will cost you a small fortune in repairs. Should this happen, you’ll need to schedule a service appointment immediately. Take preventative measures and learn how to prevent pipes from freezing before harsh Winter weather hits. You’ll greatly reduce the risk of frozen pipes and other damage to your home. Read more about winterizing your home and vehicle, as well.

Use these simple steps to prevent pipes from freezing in your home:

  • INSULATE – Both hot and cold water pipes need to be insulated in the crawlspace under your home. Do this in the basement, attic and, if accessible, the exterior walls. Use quick and easy snap-on foam insulation from your local hardware and home store. If the foam doesn’t fit snuggly, use duct tape to ensure that the entire pipe and each joint is totally covered.
  • DRIP – Allow your faucets to drip during freezing weather. The constant motion of water moving through them will help prevent icing and freezing. You’ll want to drip both hot and cold water through the faucets.
  • SPRINKLERS – Turn off your sprinkler system. If you can, blow some compressed air through the lines of your irrigation system to drain any excess water from them. You’ll also want to disconnect and drain your garden hoses.
  • WASHING MACHINE – If you don’t have a faucet in your laundry room to drip, start a cycle with warm water. Do this periodically and allow the cycle to run for a few minutes just to keep water moving through the pipes.
  • CABINETS – If your cabinets in the kitchen and bathroom are located on exterior walls, open them, especially under the sinks. This lets the pipes feel the heat from inside your home.
  • FOUNDATION – If your home has a crawlspace, be sure you block off the foundation and fill any gaps with caulking or expanding foam. Close or cover the foundation vents during weather that brings temperatures of 30 degrees or lower.
  • BASEMENT – Your basement windows and doors need to be closed completely. If there are gaps, fill them. You can also weather strip the exterior windows and doors.
  • EXTERIOR FAUCETS – For your homes exterior faucets and exposed pipes, cut off the water to them, open the drain pipes and cover them in insulated foam covers.

These simple tasks take very little time to complete, and will have the pipes that feed through your home, safe during freezing weather. When you prevent your pipes from freezing, you save yourself from expensive repair costs and damage to your home.