When pipes freeze, it presents a difficult and often messy outcome, including burst pipes. As the country enters the cold season, frozen pipes become a reality for many Americans living in snowy areas such as Utah. There are some necessary steps to take in order to prevent frozen pipes:
1. Identify water main shut off valve for the house.
This is critical first step in preparing for winter. Knowing where the main shut off valve is in your home is a critical first step just in case something does go wrong with your pipes.
2. Disconnect water hoses from exterior faucets.
When a water hose is left connected to the house it can prevent water from being able to drain out of the hose-bib (outside faucet) going into the house. If you have a line inside the house feeding your sprinkler system, you will want to shut off and drain that as well.
3. Add covers to your exterior faucets.
With only a few dollars invested and a quick drive to your hardware store, you can purchase covers for your faucets on the exterior of your home. These are often referred to as freeze caps, faucet covers or hose bib covers and are made from either styrofoam, insulated nylon or plastic.
4. Keep thermostat set above 55 degrees.
Even if you are going to be gone for an extended period of time, keep at 55 degrees or higher.
5. Keep cabinet doors open under sinks.
This helps the warm air in the room circulate around the water pipes. These spaces can get very cold, especially in basements or along exterior walls
6. Let faucets trickle on the coldest nights.
Keep the hot and cold valves slightly open to keep water flowing. This should be more than a drip but not open enough to waste too much water. The water shouldn’t be left on long term.
7. Keep your garage door closed.
If you have a garage with water pipes running through it, try to avoid keeping the door up long periods of time.
8. Seal air leaks.
Cold air can get in around doors and windows. Using caulking or insulation can help reduce heat loss from those areas. Insulating attics, crawlspaces and basements is a good idea to help keep temperatures consistent.
9. Install pipe sleeves or heat cable.
Take an additional step to insulate your exposed pipes from the elements by wrapping them in installation. This is a DIY project with materials that be purchased from your local hardware store at a very affordable cost. Another method for warming pipes is by using heat cable or heat tape. Since this is more than a typical DIY project you may want to consult your local plumbing company. By keeping the pipes warm, through either pipe sleeves or heat cables, water is less likely to sink to freezing temperatures.
If doing any of these steps fails, and the pipes become frozen, they can be thawed using hot towels, the warm air from a hair dryer; space heaters, or hot water; however it is critical that the water is turned off before a heating method is utilized. In addition, if a space heater is used, the heater should not be left unattended for a long period of time.
Sometimes, after a pipe is thawed, there are leaks that are discovered. Leaks can cause detrimental plumbing problems and result in harmful mold. It is vital that a homeowner employ a professional plumber to fix leaks as soon as they arise. Additionally, a plumber can keep the drain clean so that the drains do not cause any additional problems. During the winter season, it can be tricky to keep a home from falling victim to the cold weather’s consequences that include frozen pipes; however, this can be prevented with some of these helpful tips and the services that a professional expert plumber offers.
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