How to Prevent Frozen Pipes
Winter weather can do a real number on your home. Between your roof getting blasted by snow and hail and your heating system working overtime to keep you and your family comfortable, winter is probably your home’s least favorite season.
Another issue you have to worry about during winter is frozen pipes. If a pipe freezes, pressure can build up inside it and ultimately cause it to burst — definitely not ideal. Luckily, there are plenty of ways you can prevent frozen pipes.
Leave the Faucets Dripping
While we typically advise against drips, they can actually be beneficial when it comes to preventing frozen pipes. Letting your faucet drip slightly can keep a steady flow of water and prevent your pipes from freezing.
Open Your Cabinets
Pipes that are hidden inside cabinets are some of the most susceptible to freezing. Open the cabinets under your sink to allow the warm air from your home to circulate around those pipes and keep them warm.
Wrap exposed pipes in foam insulation to keep them warmer and prevent them from freezing. In a grander sense, adding insulation to the rest of your home can help keep heat inside and prevent pipes that are inside your walls from freezing.
Don’t Turn Your Heat Off
You may want to turn your heat off to save energy if you’re going away on vacation — but don’t. If your home gets too cold while you’re away, it can cause your pipes to freeze, and you can end up coming home to a gigantic mess if those pipes burst. Instead of turning the heat off, set your thermostat to vacation mode and keep the heat no lower than 55°.
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