Tips for Keeping your Plumbing from Freezing

When temperatures drop, the risk for serious plumbing problems like pipes freezing dramatically increases. As cold weather arrives, burst pipes are one of the most common occurrences of property damage and can ultimately cost you thousands! This is not only a problem for people who live in colder climates. Actually, it’s those of us in warmer climates that have pipes that are at far higher risk of not being properly insulated to protect against freezing temperatures.

We all rely on our plumbing every day for bathing, cooking, cleaning and so much more, so when pipes freeze and our plumbing is broken we seriously feel the pain! The good news is we have a few simple tips you can follow to help protect your plumbing during frigid temps and save yourself and your wallet from a potential plumbing nightmare.

Tip #1 – Turn Up The Heat!

This one is super easy and will help prevent your pipes from freezing. By simply turning on the heat in your home, you are helping keep your pipes warm and reduce the chances of them freezing or worse, bursting and causing a flood. This is especially important to do if you are leaving on a trip or will be gone for any significant period of time. Leave the heat on and have your temps set at least above 50 degrees Fahrenheit to prevent any water inside from freezing.

Tip #2 – Open Your Interior Doors

Pipes are often located inside of cabinets, so when temperatures fall keep those cabinet doors open so your pipes can stay warm from the heat coming from the house. Opening kitchen and bathroom cabinets will also allow warm air to circulate through your home, so follow this simple measure to help prevent freezing pipes.

Tip #3 – Let Your Faucets Drip

If you are worried about a pipe freezing, turn your faucets on to a slow drip. Opening the faucet, even slightly so, will help relieve any pressure in the system. When a pipe freezes, it’s because of the pressure that is created between the blockage and the faucet. Allowing for this pressure relief will help prevent a potential plumbing disaster.

Tip #4 – Invest In Extra Insulation

Many pipes are found in areas that are not sufficiently insulated, like attics or basements, and may require additional insulation to prevent them from freezing. If there are any pipes in your home that you worry about freezing, adding extra insulation is an easy solution. Foam rubber or fiberglass sleeves are a few types of insulation that can help keep your pipes from freezing and bursting, and this is an especially handy solution for those pipes that are exposed, as pipes that are under floorboards or located in walls are much more difficult and expensive to reach. Another solution is to insulate walls and ceilings to help keep pipes warm.

By following these simple tips you can help prevent freezing pipes in your home. If you do find yourself with freezing pipes or any other plumbing issue or emergency, call Mainstream Electric, Heating, Cooling & Plumbing 24/7 for emergency service. We offer emergency plumbing repairs, plumbing replacement, plumbing installation and maintenance. From a simple repair to a more extensive plumbing issue like freezing pipes, we are here to help. Call us today at (866) 978-9297.