Part 1: Prevention
It’s a misconception that only homes in colder climates suffer from frozen pipes. In fact, homes in warmer climates are at risk as well mostly because they may not be property insulated for the time when the temperatures do drop.
As the temperatures begin to dip, especially at night, it’s a good time to look at some preventative measures for the potential of freezing pipes.
Usually it’s the pipes that are exposed in unheated places in your home, pipes located in exterior walls and any plumping located on the exterior of your home are all vulnerable to freezing.
One of the first things you can do before freezing temperatures hit is to disconnect all of your outdoor hoses. If your spigots are not frost-proof, be sure to install a faucet insulator. And, don’t forget about your outdoor kitchens! They need some pre-frost care as well!
On the Inside of Your House
If you have plumbing pipes that are exposed in unheated places in your home, such as crawl spaces, it’s important to ensure they are insulated. Depending on your climate, you can use foam pipe insulation or, in more severe climates, you can wrap with a heat tape.
Pipes in Exterior Walls
If pipes have frozen in the past, you can usually tell by signs of water damage or mold and moisture build up. One way to prevent those pipes from freezing is to add insulation or ensure that the insulation that is there is properly installed.
Other Measures of Prevention
- Keep your heat set above 50 degrees Fahrenheit to keep pipes warm.
- Seal up cracks and holes to keep the cold air out and the warm air in.
As always, if you have questions or need guidance and assistance with your plumbing and preparing for that dip in temperatures, just give us a call!