Winter may be coming to an end, but temperatures are continuing to drop across the country. When they do, there’s one thing everyone has on their mind — frozen pipes. Whether you own your own home or live in an apartment or flat, taking precautions to prevent frozen pipes is imperative to avoid costly repairs and replacements.
Allow Your Faucet to Drip
Normally, we’re against drips of all kinds, but we’ll make an exception when temperatures get really low (we’re talking negative numbers). By letting water trickle through your pipes, they’re less likely to freeze. If you have multiple faucets throughout your home, you may want to turn several on at once.
Open the Cabinet Doors In Your Home
If your pipes run through the walls of your home (often the exterior walls of a home), open all of the cabinet doors. Opening cabinet doors in your kitchen and bathroom allows heat to flow through and reach the walls which hold your pipe system in place.
Turn Up Your Thermostat
While it is nice to save money by keeping your thermostat on low or not using it at all in exchange for a warm fireplace, adequate clothing, and heated blankets, it is sometimes necessary. When you experience a polar vortex or a cold weather warning in your area, we always suggest turning up your thermostat. Although you may see a jump in your electric and heating bill, that’s a small price to pay for safe and working pipes. Keeping a warm and comfortable temperature in your home during freezing nights is a way to prevent costly repairs and replacements due to frozen pipes.
Knowing how to properly prepare your pipe setup to prevent it from freezing is a way to gain peace of mind, even during the coldest days of the year. With enough preparation and monitoring, ensure your pipes remain intact and ready for use at all times.
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