Winter is a time for snow, hot cocoa, and cozy fires. But it’s also a time when pipes often freeze and burst. That’s why we dedicated this article to teach you how to prevent frozen pipes in your home this winter!
It’s that time of year again. The days are getting shorter and the air is getting colder. But there is one more thing you need to worry about this winter: frozen pipes! If your home has a bad habit of freezing pipes every winter, then follow these quick tips for how to prevent them from freezing up so you can enjoy being cozy indoors instead of trying to thaw out frozen pipes.
- Insulate your pipes. This is the best way to prevent them from freezing in the first place. You can buy insulation for pipes at most hardware stores, or use towels or newspapers wrapped around the pipes to help keep the heat in.
- Keep a close eye on the weather forecast and know when it’s going to get cold outside.
- If you know your pipes are already frozen, do not try to thaw them with a blow dryer or open flame. You can use lukewarm water on low heat or wait until they have thawed naturally. If you experience a frozen pipe, turn off the water immediately to prevent further damage. Once the pipes have thawed, turn on the faucet and check for any leaks before restoring water to the rest of your home.
- Open kitchen and bathroom cabinet doors to allow warmer air to circulate around the plumbing.
- The cold weather is coming and you might be planning on going away during it? Don’t forget to turn off your home’s heat, set the temperature no lower than 55 degrees.
With these tips, you should be able to prevent freezing pipes this winter. Stay safe and don’t let the freezing pipes ruin your winter fairytale!