How to Prevent Your Pipes From Freezing
Posted on January 11th, 2016 by Devine Bros
With frigid winter temperatures finally settling in across the northeast, one problem that homeowners need to be aware of is frozen pipes. Frozen or burst pipes can lead to flooding and costly water damage, so it is important to take these steps in order to prevent them.
Keep Them Covered
One way to prevent your pipes from freezing is by insulating them. Snap-on foam insulation is a cheap and effective solution that is very easy to install. Make sure to insulate all pipes (hot water and cold) in your crawl space, attic, and exterior walls.
Keep Your Heat On
Many people leave their homes for extended vacations during the winter. During the time they are away, many of them turn off their heat in an effort to save energy. While this could save you a little money on your heating bill, it could also cause your pipes to freeze and lead to thousands of dollars worth of water damage. Play it safe and keep your heat on at least 65° F at all times, even while you are away.
Keep It Moving
Not surprisingly, idle pipes are the most susceptible to freezing. If you don’t use a specific faucet very often, one easy way to prevent it from freezing is by letting it drip. Make sure to drip both the hot and cold lines in order to keep water moving and relieve built-up pressure.
Keep Your Eyes Open
If you follow the tips above, you are well on the way to preventing your pipes from freezing this winter. The only thing left for you to do is to monitor them. Click here to learn how to identify freezing pipes, as well as what you can do to thaw them.
If you live in Norwalk, Connecticut, trust Devine Bros. to keep your house warm and your pipes unfrozen. We have provided reliable home heating services and oil delivery to Fairfield County for almost 100 years. Visit our website to learn more or call us at (203) 866-4421.