Prevent Your Pipes From Freezing!
You won't think it will happen to you, until you go to wash your hands and the water does not come out. With temperatures dropping in the next couple of days it is important to take the necessary precautions to prevent your pipes from freezing and potentially bursting.
So what do you do?!
- Open cabinets in your kitchen and bathrooms where the pipes are to allow heat to reach your pipes.
- Let water drip from your faucets. The constant flow of water, even if it is at a drip, will keep the water from becoming stagnate and freezing
- Keep your thermostat at a steady temperature. You want there to be a constant flow of warm heat circulating throughout your home.
- Look into adding insulation in your attic, basement or crawl spaces and seal off any draft areas such as windows or doors.
While some of these task may cost you a couple extra dollars at the end of the month, you will feel much better about paying that bill than paying the bill when your pipes burst and flood your home.
What if you come home and you notice that your pipes have frozen? There is still time to save them!
- Make sure all cabinet doors in kitchen and bathroom.
- Turn on the faucets to allow the flow of water once the water begins to melt.
- Use a space heater warm up the pipes or wrap a heating pad around the pipe to get the water thawed out.
- Apply heat until the full pressure of the water is restored.