How to Prevent Your Pipes from Freezing
An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. This is true for frozen
Preventing your pipes from freezing in the first place will save you time
Below you’ll find some simple steps you can take to help prevent your
pipes from freezing. Should you still end up with frozen pipes, you should
view our post on “
How to thaw frozen pipes“. And should you need us, we’re happy to take your call, 24 hours/day.
Don’t have time to take the slightly more complex steps below? Here’s a
quick way to prevent frozen pipes. Just slightly open one of the faucets
in your home that is farthest from the main water supply. The running
water will provide freeze protection. This method, however, should only be
used as a stopgap until you are able to take the following steps.
One other easy, short-term solution when it is really cold outside is to
open the cabinet doors under your kitchen or bathroom sink. This will
allow warm air to more easily reach the pipes when temperatures plummet.
If you live in a place where temperatures can drop well below freezing,
you should take these steps to minimize the possibility of freezing pipes.
First, pipes susceptible to freezing should be insulated with foam rubber
sleeves or fiberglass insulation. Keep in mind that your hot water lines
can freeze too. So be sure to insulate both cold and hot water pipes.
In some extreme situations, such as those in which pipes are directly
exposed to outdoor temperatures, it may be necessary to wrap pipes with
grounded heating strips before insulating.
For outdoor faucets that reside on an exterior wall of your home, you can
buy and install frost-free (or frost proof) outdoor faucet. These faucets
have extended shutoff valves that reside inside the wall, preventing the
water from being exposed to outside temperatures. Note, it’s VERY
IMPORTANT to disconnect your garden hose from these types of faucets for
them to work properly.
If you have a faucet outside your home that you do not use during winter,
and you are unable to install a frost free valve, you can follow the water
line inside your home and turn off the valve inside your home that leads
to the faucet. Next, turn on the outside faucet until all of the water
drains out. If you do not have a turn-off valve inside your home to that
faucet, we recommend installing one.
Finally, it is so easy to forget to close your crawlspace vents in the
winter season. When strong winds accompany the cold temperatures, these
elements can cause pipes to freeze in your crawlspace under your house.
If you have questions, please don’t hesitate to give us a call. We’re here