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Frozen Pipe Prevention

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Winter is a season for traditions. From making gingerbread houses, picking out a Christmas tree to building snowmen, there are so many fun traditions that are associated with this time of the year. What you definitely want, however, are frozen pipes! Winter is known for also bringing about a load of plumbing issues. This is especially true if you aren’t able to get frozen pipes addressed as soon as possible. Carrying out regular maintenance can go a long way to better prepare you for the colder weather.

When pipes get frozen and they are not dealt with accordingly, they can burst, which can become a costly disaster. Even a single burst pipe in a household that runs between four and eight gallons a minute can result in damage that can amount to thousands of dollars. Pipe bursts often occur when water in the pipe gets several degrees below the freezing point. This leads to the formation of ice which can build pressure in the pipe. When the pressure goes beyond 3000 psi, the pipe can split which can result in costly water damage after the water in the pipe thaws.

Preventing Frozen Pipes

To prevent your pipes from freezing and possibly bursting, these are the things you can do:

  • Leave your faucet open and keep a small trickle of water running so water will keep moving in your pipes, preventing freezing in the process.
  • Allowing warm air to circulate around the pipes helps too­­- you can open the cabinet under your sink to ensure warm air circulation. 
  • Seal and weatherstrip your basement windows, doors, and crawlspaces.
  • Keep the air circulating in your pipes and cabinets by placing a fan nearby.
  • Disconnect and drain your water spigots and outdoors hoses and make sure that your sprinkler system is drained out before the start of the winter season.
  • Use pipe insulation materials to insulate all exposed or external pipes.
  • Install storm windows and make sure that colder areas have protective plastic coverings.
  • Ensure that your attic is sealed and insulated and if there are drafty doors and windows, place them.