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Colder temperatures can cause your pipes to freeze. Frozen pipes are a problem because they prevent the water flow and can eventually burst, causing considerable damage and potential flooding as well. Fortunately, there are some simple steps you can follow to help prevent this problem:
1.Keep the heat on
If you are going to be away from home for a short period of time, don’t turn off the heat. The heat can be effective in preventing the pipes from freezing; if the pipes freeze and they burst, it can result in a significant amount of water damage to your property and possessions. You can keep set the heating above 50 degrees Fahrenheit. This should provide sufficient heat to keep your pipes warm and helps prevent water inside them from freezing.
2.Allow faucets to drip
If you are concerned that pipes will freeze, you should allow the faucets to drip a little bit. This helps relieve pressure in the plumbing system. If any pipe freezes, the pressure that’s created between the faucet and the blockage causes the pipe to burst. Allowing your faucets to be open prevents this pressure from building-up & keeps the pipes from bursting.
3.Keep interior doors in your home open
Pipe installations are often situated in cabinets. Whenever the temperatures drop, its best to keep the cabinet doors open; this helps the heat from the rest of your house to keep the pipes warm. Keeping the interior doors open helps the heat to flow throughout your home.
4.Seal up holes and cracks
Caulk cracks and holes that exist near the pipes. You should do this for installations on the interior as well as exterior walls. This helps keep the warm air in and the cold air out.
5.Apply heating tape
For pipelines that are very easily accessible, apply heating tape directly to the pipes. One type of tape turns on & off on its own whenever it senses that heat is required. The other type of tape has to be plugged in whenever heat is required and unplugged when it isn’t in use.
6.Install additional insulation
For pipes that are situated in areas that don’t have adequate insulation, such as attics or basements, you would need to install some extra insulation to prevent freezing. Fit fiberglass or foam rubber sleeves on them to help reduce the chances of freezing.
For any more information, feel free to call Dr. Pipe Drain and Plumbing Services at 416 663 4777 or contact us through this form today! We provide custom plumbing solutions and trenchless drain replacement services as well.