5 Ways to Prevent Frozen Pipes this Winter

Decreasing temperatures can lead to frozen pipes, which means no water supply and a disruption within the household. This winter, homeowners should do everything in their power to prevent frozen pipes to avoid expensive water damage. Not only will the cut-off of water supply become an inconvenience if the pipes freeze, but the possibility of the pipes bursting would be even worse. If low temperatures are on the way, it’s time to take some precautions. Reduce the risk of frozen or bursting pipes this winter by adding the following steps to your winterization routine.

Pipe Insulation

The most proactive step in preventing frozen pipes is to add insulation. Pipes located in areas of the home that aren’t heated, such as attics and basements, are at the highest risk for freezing. To prevent frozen pipes in these vulnerable areas, insulate them with fiberglass or foam rubber. Extra insulation can also be added to the walls or ceilings to keep the pipes warm during a temperature drop.

Keep Thermostat No Lower Than 55°

It might be tempting to turn off or lower the heat significantly when your family isn’t home to save money on the electric bill, however, the thermostat should never be turned lower than 55° in the winter to prevent pipes from freezing. Keeping the heat in the house should provide enough warmth to the pipes so they don’t freeze.

Turn on Faucet for Slow Drip

Before the cold weather arrives, allow the faucets to slowly drip. Turning the faucets on will relieve pressure that builds up when the temperature drops, causing a blockage from the faucets. If you turn on your faucets and the water pressure is reduced to a trickle, it’s possible the pipes have already frozen. In that case, keep the faucet on to get the frozen parts to melt and thaw.

Seal Cracks

Keep the cold air out and the warmth in by sealing any cracks or holes on the interior or exterior walls that surround the pipes. Exposing your pipes to the cold air will almost guarantee they will freeze! Go around and do a thorough inspection for cracks or holes, then seal them with caulking or expanded foam.

Electrical Heating Tape

Heating tape is another great precaution to take to avoid frozen pipes this winter. Apply the electrical heating tape directly to pipes that are at risk of freezing ahead of a drastic temperature drop to keep them warm. Take extra precautions with the heating tape because this could potentially be a dangerous if it starts a fire.

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