Protecting your pipes in the colder weather is very important since even a small crack can cause a massive flood. Frozen pipes are a common problem for any climate across the States. By following these useful tips, you can reduce the risk of frozen water pipes this season.
Tips to prevent frozen pipes:
- Insulate pipes — Pipe insulation in crawl spaces and attics can help regardless of your climate. Any exposed pipe is susceptible to freezing.
- Heat tape — You can also wrap pipes with heat tape but make sure you follow the manufacturer’s installation and operation instructions closely.
- Seal leaks — Seal any holes you find that could allow cold air inside. Using caulk or insulation can help to keep the cold out.
- Let water drip — A little bit of hot and cold water might be the solution that keeps your pipes from freezing, especially a pipe on an outside wall.
- Adjust your thermostat — When you keep the thermostat at a constant temperature during the day and night, it can reduce the risk of frozen pipes.
- Open cabinets — This will allow heat to surround un-insulated pipes like the ones under sinks and appliances close to outside walls.
You can avoid the hassle of frozen pipes if you take preventative measures. However if your pipes do freeze and burst, you should turn off the main water supply and call a professional plumber to take a look. Here at Harrison Hose and Tubing, our knowledgeable staff can help answer any questions you might have on hose, tubing, and their applications. Contact us today!