Previously on our blog, we discussed the signs of a frozen pipe so you can be alerted to the problem quickly and take action before it gets worse. But what about preventing frozen pipes in the first place? Frozen pipes can cause all sorts of havoc in your home, from backups to cracked pipes to floods. Floods can then lead to water damage, mold, and rot that can compromise the safety and integrity of your home. So how can you prevent frozen pipes this winter?
1. Insulate Your Pipes
Any pipes that are along the exterior of your home would benefit from insulation. Insulation helps keep warmth inside the pipe so that it doesn’t get so cold that it freezes. There are a variety of products that can help insulate your pipes, such as pipe sleeves and heat tape (make sure it is UL-listed for safety and best results).
2. Seal Cracks
Cracks on the exterior of your home can let cold air in that can affect your pipes. Use caulk or another substance to seal up any tiny cracks you may have that lets cold air into your home. You’ll both protect your pipes and keep your home better heated by doing so!
3. Drain Sprinklers
If you have an in-ground sprinkler system, make sure the sprinklers are drained of any remaining water before you turn them off for the winter season. If water is left within the sprinkler piping, it could freeze and even burst.
4. Open Cabinet and Interior Doors
Pipes can often be found within cabinets. Open cabinet doors in your kitchen and bathroom to allow the warmer air from your house to circulate around your pipes along those areas. If you open the interior doors of your home as well, you can let the warm air flow evenly throughout your entire home, which also helps the pipes in the colder parts of your house.
5. Let Faucets Leak
If you know it’s going to be an exceptionally cold night (or day), let your faucets drip a little. The drips will keep water flowing to prevent it from freezing up. Moving water is much less likely to freeze than standing water.
If you have done all you can to prevent frozen pipes and you still end up with an issue, or if you need help implementing any of these prevention measures, contact a trusted expert like the ones at A&L Cesspool. We will make sure your pipes stay safe this winter!