Frozen pipes are one of the most common winter plumbing problems. If you live in a climate where the temperature often drops below zero, there’s a good chance your pipes will freeze. Fortunately, frozen pipes can be prevented. Follow these tips to keep your water running smoothly all winter long.
Insulate Your Pipes
One of the best things you can do to prevent your pipes from freezing is to insulate them. Insulation helps prevent pipes from freezing by slowing down the rate of heat transfer. Make sure that you know where the main shut off valve is at. Leaks can occur once a frozen pipe thaws.
Let The Faucets Drip
If the temperature is about to dip below freezing, let the faucets drip just a little bit. Having a small amount of water running through the pipes can prevent them from freezing up.
Keep The Thermostat at an Appropriate Temperature
You should keep the temperature on your thermostat at 68 degrees Fahrenheit. You should also open up your cabinets in order to allow the heat to flow to the pipes.
Many people like to lower the temperature on their thermostat at night. If this is a regular habit of yours, you might want to take a break from it during the colder months. Although it’s a great way to save energy, it’s best to keep the thermostat on the same temperature day and night during the colder months. Your pipes are more likely to burst if the temperature in your home keeps fluctuating. Furthermore, if you will be leaving your home for an extended period of time, then you will need to set the temperature on the thermostat to at least 55 degrees Fahrenheit.
What Should I Do If My Pipes Get Frozen?
There are quite a few things you can do if your pipes get frozen. You can thaw your pipes by applying heat to them. A portable space heater or hair dryer are examples of some of the things you can use to thaw your pipes. Do not use a propane heater, blow torch or charcoal stove. You should also keep the faucet open. Once the ice starts to melt, the water will start to flow through the faucet. If you are unable to thaw the pipes yourself, then you should contact a plumber.