A frozen pipe can pose numerous threats to your home and family. Not only is it an inconvenience, if it were to burst, but you could also be dealing with costly damage. The good news is, there are several measures you can take to help prevent pipes from freezing. We recommend tackling this task before the onset of dangerous weather. Safeguard your loved ones – and your home – by following these five simple yet essential pipe prevention tips!
- All homeowners should know the location of their main water shut off valve. Knowing this information will allow you to act more quickly – and effectively. When an emergency happens, like a frozen pipe, you can’t always think clearly. Depending on the severity of the issue, you might be dealing with multiple pipe problems at once.
- Keep bathroom and kitchen cabinet doors open where there is exposed plumbing. Doing so will help ensure warm air circulates around the pipes.
- For additional protection, consider insulating exposed pipes with either pipe-wrap insulation, tubular sleeve insulation, or faucet covers. You can read more about the different types and find out which one is best for you by checking out this pipe insulation article from The Spruce.
- Allow faucets to drip to help reduce any pressure build up.
- Make sure your thermostat is set to a temperature of 55 degrees or above at all times. We recommend keeping the same temperature both day and night. You might experience an increase in your heating bill by maintaining a higher temperature, but it will be a much lower cost than the aftermath of a burst pipe.
If you want to go the extra mile to protect your home, here’s a checklist you can complete for the exterior:
- All exterior hoses should be drained and disconnected.
- If you utilize a water sprinkler system, drain the water supply line. Refer to your manufacturer’s guide for specific instructions.
- Keep your garage door closed, especially if it has exposed plumbing.
- If you haven’t already done so, winterize your outdoor kitchen. Read this article from HouseLogic on how to prep this space for the months ahead. While you might not use this kitchen as often as the one inside your home, it’s just as critical to protecting it from cold temperatures!
What to Do If a Pipe Freezes or Bursts
If you happen to wake up to a frozen or burst pipe, don’t panic. The best thing you can do is to remain calm and follow these steps to stop the damage from worsening.
- First thing’s first, turn off the water supply to that area. Many thawing problems occur due to the frozen section acting as a plug.
- Apply heat to the frozen area, using either a hair dryer or portable space heater, or wrap it with a wet hot towel. We know how desperate times can lead to desperate measures, however, we strongly advise against using anything flammable, such as a blow torch, propane heater, or charcoal stove.
- If you know there’s a frozen pipe, but you can’t seem to locate the source of the problem or it’s not accessible, give us a call right away. We have the skill and tools necessary to repair the problem quickly so that convenience and peace of mind can be restored.
- In the case that a pipe has burst, call the licensed professionals at Complete Comfort right away so that we can assess the damage and determine the best course of action for repair or replacement. We proudly offer 24-hour service with no after-hour surcharges!
At Complete Comfort, we understand the stress and uncertainty inclement weather can cause. We are here for you every step of the way to make sure you have everything you need to power through. If you have any questions about how to prevent freezing pipes, don’t hesitate to reach out! Give us a call at (317) 671-7552. Consider us your go-to experts for all things pipe-related – and more!