When the temperature drops, there is a big risk of your pipes freezing. These temperatures can cause thousands in water damage. But how do you keep your pipes from freezing?
The pipes in the most risk are those in unheated surfaces, but even the pipes in cabinets and other areas can freeze. There are simple things you can do to keep your house dry and keep your pipes from freezing.
How to stop the freezing
If you already notice the temperature dropping, you need to do something about it right away. You should immediately keep your pipes warm. Some of these measures can add to your electric bill, but that is much better compared to thousands you would need to shell out in repairing water damage.
· Keep your garage doors closed. This is pretty self-explanatory. When cold air enters your house, it could freeze your pipes. It is much better to close your garage doors than take the risk.
· Open your kitchen and bathroom cabinet doors so that warm air can circulate around the plumbing. However, do note that you should take out harmful substances in case you have children in the house.
· Let cold water drip from your faucets. Running water through your pipes will prevent them from freezing.
· Set the thermostat to the same temperature during the morning and the evening. This would cause an additional cost to your electric bill, but that is nothing compared to the cost of replacing your pipes.
· Leave the heat on in your home if you plan to leave your house. Make sure that the temperature in your house is 55 degrees Fahrenheit or more.
· Add insulation to your basements, call spaces, and attics. These will ensure that high temperatures will be maintained in those areas.
It is better to try out these simple methods instead of calling a plumber straightaway. These seem simple and doable, and being able to prevent frozen pipes from happening can save you a lot of money in the long run.
How to Thaw Your Frozen Pipes
Once you turn your faucet on and notice that only trickles of water are coming out, chances are that you have a frozen pipe. If you think that your pipes are already frozen, exercise caution in thawing them out since there is also a chance that the pipe has already burst. This can cause water to flood your home.
If you have confirmed that your pipe is indeed broken, use the main shutoff valve to completely turn your water off. You can take these steps if no pipes are burst:
· Turn the faucet on. To help melt the ice in your pipe, let the water flow through.
· Apply heat to the part of the pipe that has ice on it. You can use an electric heating pad, an electric hair dryer, or a space heater. You can also use towels soaked in hot water. Do not use any device that involves fire, since it can damage the pipes, and even end up causing a fire.
· Until the water pressure is back to normal, make sure to apply heat. Check your other pipes as they have a tendency to be frozen as well.
· If you cannot find the frozen area, or if it is inaccessible and you cannot thaw it, call a professional plumber.
The best way to add supplemental heat to an area is by getting a space heater. You can add a space heater to the place where you think the pipes could get frozen. It is not recommended to install a space heater in a bathroom, but if you really need to put one in there, make sure that it is plugged into an outlet instead of an extension cord.
Conclusion: How do you keep your pipes from freezing?
Following the steps above should help you preventing the issue, but you can contact your trusted plumber and ask additional questions for additional peace of mind.
You can also watch this video if you need help with thawing your frozen pipes: