SNOW DAY Tips – How to Prevent Frozen Pipes

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Have you ever had a problem of frozen pipes? We have some tips to prevent pipes from freezing.

 

Tip #1: Keep the Heat On

Keep the thermostat set to the same temperature day and night. You may receive a higher heating bill, but you can avoid a much more costly job to repair a frozen and burst pipe. If you are going away during cold weather set your thermostat to a temperature no lower than 55° F.

 

Tip #2: Allow Faucet to Drip

Let the cold water drip from the faucet served by exposed pipes if the weather is very cold outside. It helps relieve pressure in the system and keep the pipe from bursting.

 

Tip #3: Keep Interior Doors Open

Pipes are often located in cabinets. When the temperatures drop, it is a good idea to keep these cabinet doors open so that the heat from the rest of the house can keep the pipes warm as well. You should also keep all interior doors open so that the heat can flow throughout the home. Be sure to move any harmful cleaners and household chemicals up out of the reach of children.

 

Tip #4: Keep Garage Doors Closed

If there are water supply lines in the garage, close the doors to keep them warm.

 

Tip #5: Add Extra Insulation

If pipes are located in areas without proper insulation such as basement and attics, it may be helpful to add extra insulation to prevent from freezing. Pipes can be fitted with foam rubber or fiberglass sleeves

 

 

Source: The American National Red Cross, The Balance