Frozen pipe prevention: insulate pipes to protect from cold temperatures.
Keep pipes safe from freezing with proper insulation.

As winter weather sweeps across the state, homeowners need to take proactive steps to protect their home from the snow, ice, and other the harsh elements the season can bring. One common and potentially costly issue during the colder months is frozen pipes. When water inside a pipe freezes, it expands and can lead to bursting, causing potentially extensive and costly damage. However, with proper preparation and preventative measures, you can safeguard your plumbing pipes system and ensure a cozy, stress-free winter.

Here are 6 ways to prevent your pipes from freezing this winter.

 1. Insulation is Key

One of the most effective ways to prevent pipes from freezing is to insulate them. Focus on areas of your home where pipes are more exposed to the cold, such as in the garage, basement, attic, and crawl spaces. Use inexpensive insulation sleeves or wraps to provide an extra layer of protection. Pay special attention to pipes located near exterior walls, as these are more susceptible to temperature fluctuations.

 2. Seal Cracks and Gaps

Cold air can easily penetrate your home through gaps and cracks in walls, windows, and doors, lowering the temperature inside. By sealing these openings, you not only improve your home’s overall energy efficiency and lower heating costs but also create a barrier against freezing temperatures. Caulk and weather stripping are affordable and effective tools for closing gaps and keeping the cold out.

 3. Maintain a Consistent Temperature

Maintaining a consistent indoor temperature is crucial during the cold winter months. Avoid setting the thermostat too low when you’re away and overnight. The goal is to keep the indoor temperature above the freezing point to ensure that pipes remain unfrozen. While it might lead to a slightly higher energy bill, the cost is minimal compared to the potential expenses associated with repairing burst pipes.

 4. Drip Your Faucets

Allowing faucets to drip slowly during extremely cold nights can prevent pipes from freezing. Running water through the pipes, even at a trickle, helps prevent the water from standing still and freezing. This simple technique is particularly useful for pipes located in exterior walls, uninsulated areas of the house, or those with a history of freezing.

 5. Disconnect and Drain Outdoor Hoses

Before the first frost, disconnect and drain outdoor hoses. If left connected, water in the hoses can freeze and expand, causing damage to both the hose and the connected faucet. Additionally, consider installing insulated covers on outdoor faucets to provide extra protection against freezing temperatures.

 6. Use Heating Tape

For pipes that are prone to freezing despite other precautions, consider using heating tape. Heating tape is an electrical cord that can be wrapped around pipes to provide consistent warmth and prevent freezing. Be sure to follow the manufacturer’s instructions and safety guidelines when using heating tape to avoid any potential hazards.

Taking proactive measures to prevent pipes from freezing can save you from the headache and expense of dealing with burst pipes. But what if you’re already faced with a frozen or burst pipe? Count on Anthony’s to come to your rescue. For your added peace of mind, we’re available 24/7 for plumbing emergencies. Plus, we maintain, repair, and install all makes and models of home plumbing, including yours. Contact us today or anytime for all your plumbing needs.

 

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