It’s that time of year again, where temperatures drop, cold weather is the norm and the weather can be frigid and severe. Along with this season, pipes in our homes can become frozen and cause potential problems for homeowners and tenants. While most believe that frozen pipes can only threaten to harm those in colder weather climates this is certainly not the case. In fact those that live in warmer weather have a higher risk of frozen pipes. Why? Those of us that live in warmer weather year round don’t have the insulation needed to protect against frigid weather in our pipes. With the lack of this insulation pipes are subjected to colder temperatures which can lead to the freezing of your homes pipes. What are some precautionary measures that can be taken to help ensure your pipes don’t freeze this Winter season? We have compiled a list of 5 different things you can do to help prevent freezing.
- Keep The Heater On- If you or your tenants will be away from your property for long periods of time make sure to leave the Heater on to at least above 50 degrees fahrenheit. Although you may see a bit of a rise in your electric bill from consistently having the heat on, you are saving yourself money and property damage by preventing a frozen pipe to burst. The water damage alone far outweighs that little extra you may see on your utility bill!
- Keep Interior Doors & Cupboards Open- Pipes are often times found hidden within a cupboard. By leaving the doors ajar as well as all other interior doors within your home, you are enabling the heat to better circulate throughout the house leaving even temperatures throughout. The little heat that will enter the open cupboards is also just enough to keep the pipes from freezing!
- Leave a Drip In The Faucet- While it is usually a no no to leave the faucet dripping, in the winter months a little drip can go a long way. Pipes burst because of the pressure that builds up between the pipes and the faucet. By leaving a little drip going it allows air and water to flow freely which in turn protects against pipes from freezing and ultimately bursting.
- Heating Tape- Although heating tape can be dangerous it can also aid in helping pipes from freezing. Generally there are 2 types of heating tape. One that senses when something needs heat and turns on and off by itself. Then we have the heating tape that needs to be plugged in manually and turned off when enough heat has been provided. Heating tape is only recommended for easily accessible pipes.
- Sealing Any Cracks On Exterior/Interior Walls- Sealing any cracks that are near pipes with caulking can help immensely when preventing frozen or bursting pipes. If holes and cracks are patched on both interior and exterior walls the cold air is thus kept outside and the warm air is then kept inside. It’s a win win situation!
It’s always a good idea to be aware of different measures you can take in and around your home to help prevent home maintenance problems and issues. We wish everyone a frozen pipe free Winter!!!