How To Keep Your Pipes From Freezing This Winter

Keep Cabinet Doors Open

Houses with pipes inside cabinets or cupboards are often worried that the pipes in these areas do not get enough heat. The best solution to provide heat to these areas is to keep the cupboard doors open. Leaving the cabinet or cupboard door open will allow warm air into the cabinet. Thus, helping the pipes to stay warm inside.

Seal Leaks, Cracks, And Holes

Seal the leaks, cracks, and holes that allow the cold air to get into your house. Use caulk, weatherstripping, or spray foam insulation to fill the gaps. The cold air that gets in through these small spaces can create a compartment, which is generally pretty cold. Seal those leaks or holes from plumbing, ducting, and wiring that comes through walls, floors, and ceilings. Doors and windows also tend to leak the air.

Keep The Thermostat Consistent

To prevent the water in pipes from freezing, you must keep the temperature of your thermostat consistent during the day and night. Do not lower the thermostats to save your heating bill. It may cost you more than that if your pipe freezes and bursts. However, the steady temperature would ensure no change in the environment of the house and thus will keep your pipes from freezing.

Keep The Garage Doors Closed

Some of the pipes are highly exposed to the winter air as they lie inside the garage. Therefore, keeping the garage doors closed is preferred to prevent the winter air from getting in. In addition, these pipes, being in direct contact with cold temperatures, are more prone to bursting. So, one must keep the garage door closed as much as possible. You can also install a heat cable or pipe sleeve inside the garage to help the pipes stay warm longer.

Drain Water From Hoses

Apart from the pipes inside your home, the garden hoses and pipelines are also at the risk of bursting during winters. In such freezing weather, never leave a garden hose attached to the faucet. Instead, properly drain and disconnect your hoses to protect them from bursting. The water sprinkler pipes can also be easily damaged if the water inside them freezes. After draining them, you must find a suitable place to store them inside where water doesn’t have any chance to freeze.

How To Thaw Frozen Pipes?

  1. Locate the frozen pipe.
  2. Open the faucet
  3. Heat things (hairdryer, portable space heater, heating tape, hot towels)
  4. Restore the water

Conclusion

Pipe freezing and bursting are widespread during the winter season. But what is necessary is to take the required steps beforehand to prevent ice blockages and freezing pipes. One must know the reasons for pipes freezing and the temperature at which they freeze. Further, they may take preventive measures accordingly. The most crucial step is to keep your pipes warm, especially in freezing weather. Thus, to conclude, you need to follow the steps mentioned earlier to prevent yourself from a heavy loss and protect your water systems.

 

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