frozen pipes

How to Prevent Frozen Pipes

Have enough on your plate or do you live a life of leisure, free from the daily pressures and headaches most people face? If you’re in the leisure camp, how about sharing your secrets with the rest of us. For everyone else, the eternal goal is to fend off even more worldly problems than you already juggle. And while you’re at it, try not to take on any more.

So, one way to avoid potentially big trouble is to take a few simple steps to prevent your pipes from freezing. They’re easy and they work.

Room temperature

Tip #1: Keep the Heat On

If your home will be empty for a day or more, set the thermostat to 55 or higher. It’s also a good idea to swap out your thermostat for a programmable, Wi-Fi-enabled model. That way you can keep an eye on things from afar and adjust the temperature as needed.

Tip #2: Allow Faucet to Drip

If the forecast calls for super cold temperatures, leave one faucet on at just a drip level to prevent pipes from freezing. An open faucet helps relieve pressure which is what causes pipes to freeze and burst.

Tip #3: Keep Interior Doors Open

Pipes are often located in cabinets. When temperatures fall, it’s a good idea to keep cabinet doors open so heat from the rest of the house can keep the pipes warm. You also should keep interior doors open so heat can flow throughout the house.

Tip #4: Seal Up Cracks and Holes

Caulk any holes or cracks that exist near pipes, including on interior and exterior walls. Doing so can help keep cold air out and warm air in.

Tip #5: Add Extra Insulation

Pipes that are located in areas that do not have proper insulation, such as basements or attics, may need extra insulation to keep from freezing. Foam rubber and fiberglass pipe sleeves are effective.  Additional insulation also can be added to walls and ceilings to keep the pipes warm.

Are we too late with this advice? If so, contact Mike’s Plumbing right away for fast and reliable results. We’ll thaw the frozen pipe area if you haven’t already. We’ll also repair or replace the cracked pipes as needed and recommend additional ways to help prevent any such future events.