3 Proven Methods to Prevent Frozen Pipes

3 Proven Methods to Prevent Frozen Pipes

3 Proven Methods to Prevent Frozen Pipes When winter is on the way it is important to winterize your home to prevent plumbing problems.  Every homeowner needs to prepare their plumbing pipe work for the freezing cold weather. If your pipes freeze during winter the result can mean bursting pipes which leads to extensive water damage.  Avoid this common winter mishap by adhering to these three proven methods to prevent frozen pipes: 1. Keep Pipes Warm Every home usually has exposed pipes in the crawlspace and/or attic area.  Simply wrap pipes with insulation material to keep them warm.  If you live in an especially extreme winter weather area, then you may even want to wrap your pipes with heat cables (controlled through your thermostat) or heat tape.  Simply follow the manufacturer’s instructions for the proper installation method.  Additionally, when the temperature drops, make it a point to open all of your cabinet doors in order to allow the heat into the back wall spaces where your pipes are located. 2. Seal Air Leaks Even the smallest leak from outside can let in enough cold air to freeze your pipes in colder climates.  Examine your home thoroughly for any spaces that might be vulnerable to an air leak (spaces around outdoor-to-indoor pipes, electrical wiring, air ducts, and dryer vents are the most common culprits, as well as attic spaces and crawl areas). Once you have located potential areas of leaks, seal off any leaks you find with a combination of caulk and insulation, as is appropriate for the space. The Water System It is a good idea to leave a faucet running...

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