How to decrease your chances of frozen pipes this winter season
As temperatures continue to drop, the chances of your pipes freezing rise.
“During the winter, frozen pipes can be a major concern for homeowners,” said Darrell Paul, general manager of South West Plumbing. “Without taking precautions, families could be faced with a costly repair.”
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Paul says there are easy steps homeowners can take to prevent frozen pipes, including:
Let water drip from the faucet
This is the most commonly used tactic when it comes to preventing frozen pipes. Water dripping in the kitchen, bathroom, laundry areas, and any other area where a faucet is located keeps water moving through the system, preventing ice build-up.
Keep the heat running
Leaving the heat on can help interior pipes stay warm. Leave the heat running even when the home is unoccupied.
Open interior doors
Oftentimes, pipes are located behind cabinets. Keeping cabinet doors open allows heat to warm the pipes. Keeping bedroom doors open will allow heat to circulate throughout the house as well.
Seal up cracks around pipes
Use caulk or spray to fill holes where pipes run on the floor or in the wall. Seal holes on both the exterior and interior portion of the wall.
Add extra insulation
Extra insulation provides more heat when added to areas. Add insulation to crawl spaces, attics, and basements.