The winter season can be a dangerous time for water pipes. Water expands as it freezes, which puts a lot of pressure on whatever container is holding it whether that container is plastic or metal.
When the temperature outside drops, the likelihood of your water pipes freezing and bursting skyrockets. So what can you do to keep your pipes from freezing this winter aside from standard pipe insulation?
Keep your cupboard doors open and your garage doors closed
One of the best ways you can keep your water pipes from freezing is by keeping in the warm air and keeping out the cold. Even if you don’t have water lines going through your garage, the cold winter air can creep in from the open doors and increase the risk of your pipes freezing.
By opening your cupboard doors inside your house, specifically the ones under your kitchen and bathroom sinks, you’re making sure the warm air from your heater is able to reach your pipes and keep them from freezing.
Don’t mess with your thermostat too much
During the winter, it’s a good idea to keep your thermostat at the same temperature. Although it may seem like a good idea to lower your thermostat while you’re away to save money on your heating bill, fluctuations in indoor temperatures can actually put your water pipes at greater risk of freezing.
If you’re going on vacation or you’ll be away from your house for a few days, set your thermostat for no lower than 55 degrees Fahrenheit. This will allow enough heat to circulate around your home to keep your pipes from bursting.
Add insulation to more than just your pipes
Pipe insulation is the most common method to keep your pipes from freezing during the winter months. It’s also a good idea to add insulation to the other areas of your home, too.
Insolate your crawl spaces and attic to keep temperatures regulated in those areas and to keep the cold air from creeping in where it isn’t wanted.
Looking for plumbing services this winter?
Up to 10% of American homes have leaks that waste up to 90 gallons of water or more a day. Burst water pipes can leak even more.
The good news is that Valley Air offers plumbing services and HVAC services all in one place to make sure you stay warm and dry this winter season. To learn more about our plumbing services, water heater repair services, or HVAC maintenance, contact Valley Air today.