As a homeowner, there are few things more daunting than having to deal with a plumbing issue. Unfortunately, as colder weather hits, there are significant dangers of which you need to be aware of.
One of the biggest problems you can encounter is frozen pipes. When you have a frozen plumbing system, bigger issues tend to follow, and it can lead to you needing many repairs or a complete re-pipe in certain areas of your home.
To avoid issues, you must recognize the steps to take to prevent pipes from freezing this winter. Here are some tips:
Let the Water Drip
Many people think that the most effective way to avoid having a problem with frozen plumbing pipes is to turn the water off completely. Unfortunately, all this does is allow the water to back up and sit in the plumbing system. The result? Pipes freezing and causing long-term issues.
Instead, allow water to run through the pipes slowly. Even with small drips, running water can help your pipes avoid the freezing of sitting water.
In certain parts of your home where the cold may be prominent, it may be beneficial to insulate around your plumbing pipes. Insulation helps keep the warmth in and the cold out. As a result, your pipes avoid the frigid cold.
Insulation can be beneficial for pipes in your garage, attic, and other areas susceptible to the cold temperatures of the winter. You may also want to prevent cold air from leaking into your home.
To do this, you should look for any cracks or openings in windows, doors, and other parts of your home. Make sure you take the steps to seal the cracks to keep the cold weather outside where it belongs.
Open Your Cabinets
The pipes under your sinks in your kitchen and bathroom can become frozen with enough cold air circulating around them. This is more likely if you keep the cabinet doors closed.
Instead, you should open the cabinets and expose your pipes to the warm temperature from your home heating system. Letting the warm air circulate around the pipes can help you avoid significant problems.
If you’re going to be leaving your home for a long period of time, be sure to set your thermostat to prevent your home reaching freezing temperatures. We know it seems weird to leave the heater on when nobody is home, but when you’re in an area like Atlanta that can get pretty cold, you will save more money when you prevent pipes from freezing.
By keeping your thermostat at a good temperature, you allow the warmer air to circulate throughout your home and in the areas where your pipes are. As a result, you can keep the pipes warmer, thus keeping the water from freezing within them.
When the cold weather hits and impacts your pipes, it can cause them to burst significantly. You may be left with thousands of dollars in repairs. If multiple pipes burst, you may need to completely re-pipe areas of your home, costing you well over $5,000 in repairs.
Preventing frozen pipes not only gives you peace of mind, but it also helps save you money over the long run. After all, insulation can cost relatively cheap opposed to the amount you may spend paying for a big repair. If you do experience plumbing issues, please contact American Freedom Plumbing.