It’s winter, and you’re not the only one who might freeze from the cold–your pipes could, too. Prevent your pipes from bursting (and your home from costly water damage) by following these five simple suggestions.
5 Ways to Prevent Frozen Pipes
- Turn up the heat
It may be tempting to lower the temperature in your house to save on that hefty heating bill, especially if you’re going out of town, but don’t do it–it zaps the warmth that’s protecting your pipes. Try to keep your thermostat at 68 degrees or higher at all times, and never dip below 55 degrees.
- Check for unheated areas
Insulate any water supply lines that need extra attention. Look for them in your basement, crawl space, attic, and garage as well as under your kitchen and bathroom cabinets. If necessary, open cabinet doors below sinks to increase heat circulation throughout your house.
- Don’t forget the outside
Remember that any plumbing in your exterior walls or outside your home is particularly prone to freezing. Remove, drain, and store hoses used outside, and place covers on all outside faucets. Also, be sure you’ve drained your lawn sprinklers and swimming pool (if applicable).
- Take extra precautions
Consider wrapping exposed pipes with heating tape or foam board, installing fiberglass over them, or even using a space heater to target a specific area.
- Be prepared
Make sure you learn the location of both your main water valve and your water heater valve in case you need to shut them off in an emergency. For a quick fix, purchase a temporary patch kit from your local home center And above all, have on hand the number of a good plumber. You never know when you might need it.
We hope these tips help you keep freezing water from invading your home. But if you still find your house flooded by a burst pipe, call us first. With our 24-hour emergency service, we can start repairing your water damage at a moment’s notice.
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