How to Prevent Your Pipes From Freezing
Read on to keep that water flowing!
If the promise of snow and record cold temperatures weren't enough to throw us through a loop, the damage this latest deep freeze can do to a home's plumbing should certainly do the trick.
It's a nasty fact of life—albeit one we don't often face on this side of the Mason Dixon—that when temperatures go down, the chances of your pipes freezing and/or bursting go up. You can thank science for that one. And the below-freezing temps brought our way by Winter Storm Grayson aren't going anywhere any time soon, which is why it's crucial to take steps to prevent the inconvenience of frozen pipes and the costly damage they pose to your home.
Pipes that run through uninsulated areas of your home can freeze when temperatures drop below freezing. If you turn on the faucet and no or little water comes out, your pipes may be frozen. That's when you'll need to call a plumber or your local water authority.
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Read on for steps to take to prevent frozen pipes:
- Insulate outdoor spigots with covers.
- Insulate exposed pipes by wrapping them with towels, blankets, or foam pipe insulation from a hardware store. Keep garage doors closed if there are water supply lines in the garage.
- In older homes with a crawl space and uninsulated pipes, let your faucets drip overnight.
- Know where your home's water shut-off valve is and how to use it.
- Keep the thermostat set to the same temperature both during the day and at night.
- Open kitchen and bathroom cabinet doors so warmer air circulates around the plumbing.
- Leave the heat on and set to a temperature no lower than 55° F while you are away.
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