The Fight Against Frozen Pipes Can Be Won
When the cold season comes, winter wind blows and outdoor temperature drops, and water pipes are at risk of freezing, and we all know this can be troublesome to both you and your entire household.
During the cold weather, water inside pipes can become frozen. When that happens, frozen water or the ice becomes a plug in the pipe. This ice plug creates a blockage in the pipe causing pressure to build up which will lead to expansion of the pipes, prompting it burst in the long run.
And that’s not a fun scenario, is it? It could result in a huge mess, which means heavy clean-up for you. But you need not worry about frozen pipes, because there are simple ways to battle the freezing weather and keep those pipes from harm’s way.
- Insulation – Protecting your pipes from freezing temperatures, windy conditions, and the cold season is one sure way of avoiding frozen pipes. And this is ideally done before winter arrives. Insulate your home, especially in areas where pipes pass through by utilizing foam boards and filling them in with fiber glass. Insulation sleeves are also an efficient and effective solution since they shield the pipes from the cold temperature.
- Good heating – Maintaining a warm temperature at home keeps your pipes from freezing. A home temperature of at least 55 degrees Fahrenheit every day during the cold season can prevent the likelihood of frozen pipes. An alternative is to use space heaters to keep your pipes warm. Place the heater near the pipes to keep water at a temperature above the freezing point. Another heating option is the usage of electric heating cables or tapes preferably those with self-regulating thermostat. Just a reminder for homeowners using these choices: use it with extreme care and caution since there is a possibility for them to cause house fire.
- Water – There are two great solutions regarding water in your pipe that can help prevent the problem. First, drain all the water from the pipes, not leaving even a single drop. In this way, there will be no water to freeze, avoiding your pipes to freeze as well and eventually burst. To achieve this, turn off the main water valve and then turn on every single tap or valve in your house. Allow all the water from the pipes to drain and run out completely. And when you are all set to reverse the process, just turn on the valve and open the faucets to allow the pipes to refill.
The second way is to allow a small amount of water to drip continually from the valve or tap. This way, pressure from water build up will be relieved preventing pipes to burst in the case the pipes get frozen.
- Check outdoor water lines – Never leave a garden hose attached or connected to your outdoor faucet especially during the winter season. If you have a swimming pool, do not forget to disconnect your water supply to your pool as well as other outdoor water pipes. Turn on the faucets to drain the water completely to avoid any liquid to be frozen inside the pipes and turn them off after you are done with the process.
With these preventive tips, you can be worry-free about your pipes becoming frozen. You can now enjoy winter activities with your loved ones without the thought of facing burst pipes.