Washington residents are finally experiencing warm weather after many cold, rainy months. Though enjoying the warmth is vital this summer, it is important that you are prepared for the inevitable return of the cold weather. Low temperatures cause a plethora of plumbing issues, one of which is frozen pipes. To avoid dealing with expensive repairs from burst pipes, it is important to know how to prevent your pipes from freezing when it gets cold again.
Keep the Heat on When You Leave
During the cold weather, try to keep the heat on even if you are not in the house. Though it will slightly increase your heating expenses, it will keep the pipes in your home warm. Pipes are at the highest risk of freezing when a house is not circulating any heat. If a pipe freezes and bursts, this could damage your personal property and weaken the structure of your house. Keeping the heat set above 50 degree Fahrenheit will help reduce the chances of your pipes freezing.
Add Insulation to Exterior Pipes
The warm weather provides the ideal opportunity to do some home improvements to prepare for the cold months. Consider making one of the improvements adding insulation to your exterior pipes. Exterior pipes do not get as much heat from the heating inside your home, making them especially vulnerable to freezing. Protect them by having professionals fit sleeves on them. You should also consider insulating any pipes in your attic or basement.
Keep Doors Open Inside
Though it may seem odd, keep the doors inside your home open when it becomes cold. Pipes are often behind cabinets, so opening the cabinets will help the pipes access the heat that is circulating through your home. Additionally, keep interior doors to rooms open so that heat can spread throughout the entire house.
Put Heating Tape on Interior Pipes
Instead of putting insulation sleeves over interior pipes like the exterior pipes, you can put electrical heating tape on them. You can wrap the tape directly around the pipes. Make sure to follow the directions that accompany the tape, as it can be dangerous if used incorrectly.