Tips to Keep Your Pipes from Freezing
The winter is hard on everyone. Sure, there are good times to be had with skiing and snowboarding and winter cabins, but there are also the brutal cold and burying snows to consider. Some absolutely thrive in cold weather while others remain in a dejected state of mind until the spring rolls around. One aspect of your home that certainly won’t thrive in the wintertime, if you don’t take the correct precautions, are the pipes of your home. Cold temperatures can cause your pipes to freeze, and potentially burst, but there are steps you can take to prevent that from happening in the first place. Let’s take a look, shall we?
Keep the Heat On
If you’re leaving your residence for an extended time, be sure to keep the heat on inside your property. You might think you’re saving yourself some money in utilities by turning the heat off while you’re away, but you’re really just opening up the chance for frozen pipes. Keeping the heat on can prevent that from happening. Besides, would you rather risk the chance of your pipes bursting and wreaking havoc on your property and possessions while you’re away, or have peace of mind while you’re off enjoying yourself? We’ll pick peace of mind any day. You don’t have to crank up the temperature, either. Just keep the heat set above 50 degrees Fahrenheit and you’ll be good to go.
Allow Faucet(s) to Drip
If a pipe is giving you trouble, or you suspect it could freeze down the line, it’s okay to let the faucet drip slightly. This will help relieve pressure in the system and ultimately keep the pipe from bursting. You see, when a pipe freezes, the pressure created between the blockage and the faucet is what causes the pipe to burst. Letting the faucet drip keeps the faucet open, which keeps the worst from happening.
Keep Interior Doors Open
Since pipes are often located inside cabinets, it’s not a bad idea to keep cabinet doors open when temperatures drop. This allows heat from the rest of the house to keep the pipes warm too. Keeping all interior doors open is in your best interest too as it can help heat flow better throughout your home.
These three tips can truly save you and your pipes this winter. No one wants to deal with severe water damage from burst pipes on top of the already frigid temperatures. If the worst does happen and your frozen pipes do burst, you know you can count on the team here at Daigle Plumbing & Heating. Want to ensure everything is fine? Get in touch with us at 603-434-6353 or by filling out our online contact form!