How to Prevent Frozen Pipes

how to prevent frozen pipes

Do you worry about getting frozen pipes? If you do, we don’t blame you! After all, these can cause major damage to your home if they burst, and they are a hassle even if they don’t.

Instead of worrying about having to deal with water pipe repairs, do something to prevent the problem. Here are some simple steps you can take to protect the pipes in your house so you never have to deal with a frozen pipe again!

Find the Pipes Likely to Freeze

Pipes exposed to uninsulated air are in the most danger of freezing. These may include outdoor pipes or those used for your sprinkler system. Also in danger are pipes in your attic, garage, basement, etc.

Add Insulation

Once you know which pipes are most likely to freeze, insulate them. You can insulate around the individual pipe. Simply buy some pipe sleeves, slide them on the pipes or wrap them around, and they are already safer.

You can also add insulation to the uninsulated areas of your home. This may have the added benefit of lowering your heating bills all winter long!

Keep Your Heat On

Make sure that the temperature in your home never falls below 50, even if you’re not there. Use a programmable thermostat to lower temperatures while you’re gone and raise them when you come back. That way, you can still reap the benefits of lowering the thermostat without freezing your pipes or yourself!

Take Special Precautions

If there are particular pipes you’re concerned about, wrap them in heat tape. You can find this at your local hardware store. We recommend the kind that does not plug in since this can become a fire hazard. Simply wrap the tape around the sections of pipe you’re worried about, activate the heat, and leave it there all winter long.

You can also set up a space heater to blow on pipes you’re worried about. This is a major fire hazard but, done carefully, can also protect your home. You’ll want to watch it regularly and inspect the heater weekly.

Contact us at Triple Service for help preventing frozen pipes in your Mendota-area home!

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