Ways to Prevent Your Pipes from Freezing

January 28, 2022

Most people love the romanticism and the wonder of the winter. It can bring to mind childhood memories and reminds us that spring is just around the corner. However, winter can also bring brutal cold and, with that, the threat of frozen pipes.

A burst pipe can be a destructive and costly experience, so knowing what to do to keep your pipes from freezing should be a top priority for every homeowner and business owner.

Read on for more tips and tricks on how to keep the water flowing, even when the mercury drops:

  • Pipe insulation: Sometimes the best solutions are the ones that are the simplest. Regular old pipe insulation can be the best possible tip for preparing your pipes so they don’t freeze. Pipe insulation is available at any hardware or home goods store, and it’s quite inexpensive (especially compared with a burst pipe). It usually comes in pieces of split foam that are wrapped around the pipe or as strips of foil backed with foam.
  • Seal leaks: A great tip for preparing your pipes so they don’t freeze is to prevent them from being exposed to cold air in the first place. In the fall, you should go around your house and assess any gaps in the house where cold air could be penetrating. This could be a gap where a pipe enters the house or damage to wooden parts like windowsills, which is likely caused by rodents or insects. No matter the perpetrator, take steps to seal these gaps with either fresh wood and paint, insulation or expanding foam.
  • Let water drip: An old (but effective) trick to keep pipes flowing when they’re in danger of freezing is to leave a tiny trickle of water flowing through them at all times (into an appropriate drain, of course). This is a temporary measure, however. A good time to use it is on an exterior hose when there’s a cold snap headed for your area.
  • Open cabinet doors: Kitchen and bathroom cabinets might not seem like they’re airtight, but they actually do a pretty good job of restricting air from reaching the spaces within them. Something to do to keep your pipes from freezing is simply leaving those doors open in cold weather; heated air from inside your home will flow into the spaces and keep the pipes from getting cold enough to freeze.
  • Use heat tape: Another technique you can do to keep your pipes from freezing is to use heat tape. This is a type of powered blanket that you can wrap around the pipe to warm it up. Some of them can even run in conjunction with your thermostat so you don’t have to worry about remembering to turn them on.

Most tips for preparing your pipes so they don’t freeze boil down to restricting cold air from ever touching them in the first place. Proper insulation and planning are your best friends, but if you want expert advice on pipe preparation or getting your hot water heater ready for winter, then it’s time to call the pros. Our team at Moody & McClendon Plumbing Inc. has over 30 years of experience to put to work, so call us today.

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