During the cold winter months, your water pipes could freeze. When a pipe freezes, water pressure builds up between the icy section and the faucet. This pressure makes the pipe burst, sending water flowing into your walls or floors. Fortunately, there are many things you can do to prevent such a disaster from occurring. Here are three ways to keep your pipes from freezing.
Keep your house warm
Heating a home is expensive, so you may want to turn down your thermostat to save money. However, letting your house get too cold isn't just uncomfortable for you; it's dangerous for your pipes. The heat from your home helps to keep your pipes from freezing and bursting.
The ideal temperature for your home will vary depending on where in the country you live and how your home is constructed. For example, if you live in a northern state where homes are built to withstand cold temperatures, you may be able to keep your home as cold as 55°F. You can check your city or state's website for the recommended temperature for your region, or you can ask a local plumber for advice.
Insulate your pipes
Some of your home's pipes run through unheated areas, like your crawlspace or attic, and these pipes are vulnerable to freezing when the weather turns colder. Even if the rest of your home is warm, these pipes can get cold enough to potentially freeze, and this can cause major problems.
To keep these unheated pipes from freezing, it's important to insulate them. Pipes can be insulated with a variety of materials, including rigid foam, glass wool or mineral wool. Your plumber can install these insulating materials for you, and once they're in place, your pipes will be less likely to freeze.
Keep your cabinet doors open
The area underneath a kitchen or bathroom sink isn't heated, and this can pose big problems during cold weather, especially if the sink is near an outside wall. To keep the area under your sink from getting too cold, try to leave your cabinet doors open as much as you can. Leaving the cabinet doors open will let warm air from the rest of your house flow into the area beneath your sink, which helps to keep your pipes warm and prevent them from freezing.
If you're worried about your pipes freezing and bursting this winter, try these three tips to protect your plumbing or talk with professionals, such as those at All Clear.