Each year, when winter rolls around, thousands of homes and businesses in the United States experience frozen pipes. Most plumbing systems are not well-insulated, and temperatures below freezing can turn water inside them into ice.
Plumbing and heating pipes that are installed on exterior walls are even more susceptible to freezing.
What can you do? The best way to prevent frozen pipes is to keep them warm. Here are 5 tips to prevent pipes from freezing in your home.
1. Insulate Pipes
If you have exposed pipes in an unheated area — near a window or door, or in an attic or basement — consider insulating them with foam pipe insulation that comes in rolls that can be wrapped around pipes or purchased as pipe sleeves that slip over exposed pipes.
2. Seal Up Cracks
If there are any cracks in your home’s exterior, seal them with a silicone caulk or other weatherproofing material. By plugging these gaps, you can keep the wind from blowing through and chilling your pipes.
3. Leave the Heat On
Keep the heat on at all times in the winter months. If you live in an area where the temperature drops below freezing, adjust your thermostat to keep your pipes from bursting.
4. Open Cabinets and Doors
Leaving cabinet doors open will allow warm air to circulate around your plumbing pipes and prevent them from freezing. If you have a basement or crawl space where pipes are exposed, leave the door open whenever possible.
5. Let It Drip
While a dripping faucet is usually annoying, in the winter it is beneficial. This will keep the water moving and prevent it from freezing up.
If you’re looking for a professional, plumbing company that can help you with your home or business needs, Oquirrh Mountain Services is here to help. We are a family-owned and operated business serving the residents of Toole Valley since 2004. We offer heating, plumbing, and electrical services to homeowners and businesses in the area.
Contact Oquirrh Mountain Services today for more information or to book a service call!