Frozen pipes are one of the most common plumbing issues that occur during the colder parts of the year. Frozen pipes are not only an inconvenience, they can also be a large repair project in worst-case scenarios. The following five frozen-pipe-prevention tips help keep your pipes safe from the cold.
Tips for Preventing Frozen Pipes This Winter
- Keep Your Home at the Right Temperature. One of the easiest ways to keep your pipes from freezing is to keep your house warm. A thermostat setting of 18°C or higher keeps your home not only comfortable but also protects pipes from freezing.
- Don’t Turn the Heat Off When You’re Away. When you leave your home for an extended time, do not turn the heat off. Leaving the thermostat at 13°C or higher keeps the pipes safe when you’re away.
- Circulate Warm Air. The pipes under your sinks are often lacking in insulation. By opening your kitchen (and bathroom) cabinets, you can keep your pipes warm by allowing in the warm air that’s already circulating throughout your home.
- Avoid Drafts. An easy way to prevent frozen pipes is to limit drafts. This can include keeping side doors and garage doors closed and also checking your pipes for the proper amount of insulation in areas such as your basement or attic.
- Let Your Faucets Drip. During the coldest parts of the year, a simple faucet drip can help protect your pipes. Even a small amount of running water can protect against freezing.
Frozen-pipe prevention requires proper planning before the weather gets too cold. By preparing before the coldest parts of the year, you keep your pipes (and home) safer. However, sometimes professional help is required to truly winter-proof your home. Residents of Calgary and surrounding communities are advised to contact Arpi’s Industries today to learn more about how we can help you protect your home and prepare your plumbing system for the winter.