When the temperature drops and the snow begins to fall, you have to think about protecting your home. The cold weather can do quite a lot of damage to your home if you’re not careful and don’t take the right precautions. One of the most expensive and troubling issues is frozen pipes. Frozen pipes cause damage that will need to be prepared by a professional and probably won’t fit into your typical monthly budget. There are a few ways you can avoid this issue.
Be aware that when pipes do freeze they can cause a lot of pressure. This could lead to the pipe bursting and ultimately flooding damaging your property. The easiest way to keep your pipes from freezing is to make sure that they stay warm.
It’s also important to note that while they are more likely to freeze in cold weather, it’s possible that the pipes can freeze in warmer climates too. The reason for this is that these pipes are often not insulated or designed for this type of weather or they might be set up in areas that are unprotected. So, let’s look at some of the ways to keep your pipes warm.
Keep Cracks And Holes Sealed
The first step is always going to be ensuring that any holes where pipes go through walls and floors are sealed effectively. Be aware that holes like this are just a place where cold air can get through. You can use anything from caulk to spray foam insulation to fill in these gaps. You should ideally make sure that gaps like this are filled in the interior and exterior walls of your property. This also has the benefit of ensuring that you will be improving the insulation of your home too.
Keep The Heat On
One of the easiest ways to ensure that your pipes don’t freeze is to make sure that the heat remains on. This can be a little expensive but it’s important to note that it doesn’t have to be on at a high temperature. Even a low heat will ensure that the pipes are not at risk. This is why many landlords will put it in the contract that tenants are responsible if pipes freeze. They know that a tenant may be reluctant to leave the heat on and drive up their energy bill. Ideally, you want to keep the heat set above 50 F to stay on the safe side.
Let The Faucet Drip
Finally, if you want to ensure that your pipes don’t freeze and you’re still worried about this issue, you can ensure that the faucet fed by the pipe is a little open so it drips. This will ensure that the pressure in the system is relieved.
It means that if on the chance that the pipes do freeze, then there shouldn’t be the pressure that causes it to burst. You can open up both the hot and cold faucets or leave a single faucet slightly on warm.
We hope this helps you protect your home pipes when the temperature drops.