Frozen pipes during the winter are not only inconvenient, but you can also end up with a serious plumbing emergency and damage from flooding if the pipes burst. Fortunately, you can avoid a major plumbing disaster from burst pipes if you know how to protect your plumbing in Powder Springs from freezing. Here are eight tips for preventing frozen pipes this winter.
1. Insulate Pipes
It’s important to locate all the water supply lines in and around your home, especially those that are in unheated areas. Check the crawl space, attic, basement, garage, and even under the cabinets in the bathrooms and kitchen. You can purchase foam rubber insulation that’s designed for pipes and easily slip the insulation around the pipes and secure the foam with duct tape. Make sure the insulation is secured directly to the pipe with no gaps in between. The additional insulation won’t prevent freezing, but it will slow down how quickly the heat and cold transfers.
2. Run Water
When the temperatures dip below freezing be sure to leave one or more faucets dripping at a slow, constant drip. This is especially important if your home loses power and you’re unable to heat the house. You can still prevent frozen pipes in an unheated house by keeping the water moving through the pipes.
3. Open Doors
Increase warm air circulation around the pipes by opening the cabinet doors below the sinks in your home, especially during the night.
4. Keep Consistent Temperature
If you currently have your thermostat set at a different temperature during the day than you do at night, a cold snap is a good time override the thermostat’s programming and keep the temperature consistent throughout the day and night. By attempting to save a little on your energy bill with a lower nighttime setting, you may end up needing emergency plumbing services in Powder Springs, GA, if your pipes freeze and burst.
5. Maintain Minimum Temperature
If you’re leaving home for an extended period during the winter, be sure to keep the furnace running rather than turning it off completely. The temperature should be set at 55 degrees at the lowest to keep the home warm enough to prevent frozen pipes. Again, while you may save money on the heating bill by turning off the heat, you’ll likely have to pay more than what you saved in plumbing repair and flood remediation costs.
6. Seal Cracks and Holes
You can also reduce your chances of frozen pipes by inspecting your home for any gaps, cracks, or holes around the pipes as well as on the exterior of your home. Drafts near the pipes can cause frozen pipes even if the rest of your home is properly heated. Seal any gaps you find with caulk or a combination of caulk and insulation for larger gaps.
7. Close Garage Door
Keep the garage door closed as much as possible as well, especially if you have water supply lines in the garage. Keeping the garage door closed helps keep your home and plumbing system at a consistent, optimal temperature.
8. Increase Home Insulation
Finally, a long-term investment that makes your home more energy efficient and reduces your chances of frozen pipes is adding insulation to your home. Additional insulation in the attic, crawl space or basement can help keep your home warmer overall. Call Plumb Doctor™ LLC for more ideas on preventing frozen pipes.