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How to Keep Your Pipes from Freezing This Winter
Frozen pipes can be a significant and costly problem at your home. Why? Because frozen pipes slowly expand, and that expansion can lead to cracking and bursting. If you let your pipes freeze, you’re looking at an expensive repair job ahead.
But there’s good news: It’s easy to prevent your pipes from freezing. Here are a few tips to keep your pipes from freezing this winter.
- Prep Your Home: Drain the water from hoses, water sprinklers and swimming pools. Add insulation to your attic or basement. Insulate any pipes around your home that are in non-temperature controlled areas.
- Open Cabinets: When the temperature drops, consider opening cabinets in your kitchen and bathrooms. This allows the warmer air inside your home to circulate through the areas where pipes are carrying water.
- Let Water Drip: Simply letting water drip from faucets is a great way to prevent water from freezing inside your pipes. You don’t want to let the water drip all the time, but this is a good idea for nights when the temperature is going to drop well below freezing.
- Stay Consistent: Keep the temperature in your home at a consistent setting. When the temperature is consistent, the water inside your pipes will not have the opportunity to freeze and thaw, which is when it’s going to do the most damage to your pipes.
- Keep the Heat On: Even when you’re planning to be away from your home, keep the heat on inside your house. You wouldn’t want your pipes to freeze and burst while you’re away on vacation for days and days.
If you go to turn on a faucet and find that there’s only a trickle, it’s a good sign a portion of your pipes have froze. The exact place where pipes freeze tends to be along exterior walls and the places where water enters through the foundation of your home. Leave the faucet open to move water through the pipes, which helps thaw freezes, and apply a heating pad to the pipe in the place where you think it has froze. If one pipe is frozen, it’s possible others are too. Be sure to check all around your home.
You can always call on professionals for help when pipes freeze. At Mr. Rooter Plumbing of Oneida, we’re your source for expert guidance and service when pipes freeze or when you need other services for your home's plumbing. We can help identify the frozen portion of pipes, unfreeze your pipes and examine your pipes for lingering damage after a freeze. At Mr. Rooter Plumbing of Oneida, we're always here to help at your home.
Contact us today for help with frozen pipes at your Oneida home.