It is possible, and easy, to prevent freezing pipes and the costly damage that goes with them, but only if you plan!
1) Be Aware
The location of your pipes can influence how prone they are to freeze. If you want to find where you are most at risk, call us at Churchwell, and we conduct a thorough check of your plumbing system for freezing risks. Typically, pipes most likely to freeze include:
- Exposed pipes in unheated areas of the home.
- Pipes located in exterior walls.
- Plumbing on the exterior of the home.
Protect your pipes by insulating them. Some pipes inside the home, like the basement, can be insulated by wrapping newspaper around them. However, in colder areas, it’s better to invest in foam tube insulation. For extreme cold temperatures, you may need to use heated tape specially designed for pipes.
3) Crack Your Cabinets
When the cold dips below freezing, leave the doors of your sink cabinets open overnight. Exposing those pipes to the heat inside your home can make a big difference. Keep in mind that if you have any chemical cleaning supplies under your sink, keep it away from pets or children while you leave your cabinets open.
4) Be Prepared for the Worst
If you do have a broken/ frozen pipe, you need to know how to shut off your home’s entire water supply. Doing so can save you from major flood damage. Make sure you know where your main shut-off valve is located and be prepared to use it in the case of a frozen pipe.