As the temperature starts going down, your pipes will start freezing up if you don’t take proper care of them. We’re here to help you prevent damage and have peace of mind throughout the chilly winter months.
1. Leave your faucet dripping at night
If temperatures are expected to be below freezing, make sure to leave a few faucets at a small drip throughout your home overnight. When you leave the water dripping, it relieves pressure on your pipes that builds up with normal use. Monitor the outside temperature and turn the water off when it gets above freezing.
2. Disconnect and put away outdoor hoses
Unhooking hoses from outdoor faucets and disconnecting them from each other will prevent the hoses from cracking or breaking. Because water expands when it freezes, this can lead to intense pressure on your hoses, faucets, and connectors.
3. Insulate your outdoor pipes
An easy and inexpensive way to insulate your outdoor pipes is by using foam pipe insulation. There are several options available, most of which can be found at your local hardware store.
4. Keep your bathroom and kitchen cabinets open
This will allow warm air to circulate around your plumbing, which will help prevent freezing.
5. Shut off the water when you’re not home
If you’re going to be out of town for more than a few days, it’s a good idea to shut off the water at the cut-off valve. If you aren’t sure how to find your main shut off valve, one of our technicians would be more than happy to show you where it’s located and how it works! Click here to set up an appointment today!