With temperatures starting to get into the negatives, it’s important to prevent your pipes from freezing. Frozen pipes can lead to serious damage to your home and can be a huge mess to clean up, not to mention the bill that comes along with it! In this article, we will talk about some preventative measures a homeowner can do to help with frozen pipes.
Prevent Your Pipes From Freezing
Freezing pipes can be a costly repair, the price could be upwards of $5,000! Here are some things you can do that prevents your pipes from freezing.
Keep Garage Door Closed
If there are pipes connected or going through your garage it’s a good idea to keep your garage door closed. This will help regulate the temperature in the garage and keep the cold air from coming inside and freezing your pipes.
Open Cabinet Doors
Opening kitchen and bathroom cabinet doors will let warmer air from your home circulate around the plumbing that is under the sinks in your home. While doing this make sure to move any cleaners and chemicals up out of the reach of small children and pets. Safety first!
Keep The Water Flowing
When the weather is very cold outside, keeping the water flowing from your faucet lets the cold water drip from the drain keeping the water moving prevents the water from settling and freezing.
Keep The Thermostat above 55 Degrees
Keeping the thermostat set to the same temperature both during the day and at night will help with frozen pipes. Temporarily lowering the temperature at night may save you money on your power bill, but it will lead to a higher chance of your pipes freezing. Not lowering nighttime temperatures, may lead to a higher heating bill, but you can prevent costly repairs if pipes freeze and burst. Also, If you know you will be leaving the home for an extended period of time during cold weather, leave the heat at a reasonable temperature in your home, set to a temperature no lower than 55° F.
Waterproofing Your Basement
Waterproofing your basement will help if your pipes do end up freezing and bursting in your basement. Having proper drainage, backup sump pumps, and waterproofing membranes will guard your basement against water damage.
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