With colder weather approaching, try these tips to help prevent frozen pipes.
☐ Let cold water drip from faucets served by exposed pipes. Even a trickle of running water will help when temperatures are the coldest.
☐ Keep garage doors closed if there are water supply lines in the garage.
☐ Allow warmer air to circulate around plumbing in the kitchen or bathroom by opening cabinet doors
☐ Keep your thermostat set to the same temperature all day and night. You might increase your heating bill, but you can prevent a costly repair job if pipes freeze and burst.
☐ Leave the heat on in your home if you are going away during cold weather. Set the temperature no lower than 55 degrees F.
☐ Unhook all garden hoses from outdoor faucets. This allows the outdoor faucets to drain off any leftover water, preventing them from freezing up.
☐ Consider installing specific products to insulate water pipes. Pipe sleeves, heat tape or heat cables are a good choice. Even ¼ “ of newspaper can provide protection in areas that don’t have prolonged temperatures below freezing.
Stay up to date on your local weather. If the temperature is forecasted to drop below freezing, make sure your pipes are protected.
Can you think of other tips to prevent frozen pipes? Please comment and we will add them to the list!