With winter temperatures firmly entrenched in some parts of the country and winter weather soon approaching in others, now is the perfect time to inspect the pipes in your home. Last year’s record cold temperatures across much of the country taught a lot of property owners the value in having well-insulated pipes. In the winter of 2013-2014, cold temperatures caused tens of thousands of properties around the country to experience frozen pipes–leading to leaks and water damage in homes and businesses.
How to Prevent Frozen PipesThere are many simple things you can do to minimize the risk of your pipes freezing this winter. Some of the most effective methods include:
- Disconnecting your gardening hoses and installing covers on outdoor faucets
- Open the cabinet doors in your kitchen and bathrooms to let the heat from the house to circulate around the pipes.
- Keep the interior temperature at 68 degrees or higher, even if you plan to be away from the property for several days or weeks.
- Close open-air vents. Windy drafts and sub-freezing temperatures can make pipes freeze easier.
- Insulate outside walls and unheated areas of your home like the garage, basement, and crawlspace.
- Wrap pipes closest to exterior walls and in crawl spaces with heating tape. This is a simple and cheap, but effective method to prevent pipe freezes.
- During exceptionally code temperatures, let your faucet drinp slightly with lukewarm water to minimize freezing