Get ready to turn your home into a winter wonderland complete with an indoor ice rink if you don’t properly care for your pipes this winter. The last thing you want is a flooded basement accompanied with an average of eighteen thousand dollars in repair bills. Take these simple steps to keep your home safe & your wallet full this winter.
- Empty your pipes! If there is no stored water there is nothing to freeze, expand & burst your pipes. Shut off the water to your house & empty the pipes by opening the faucets to the outdoor garden hoses & any other water sources around the outer parts of the house.
- Basements, attics & crawl spaces are some of the most common areas you’ll find uninsulated or unheated pipes. Insulate these pipes the best you can with sleeves to keep the cold away.
- If you are in a particularly cold area, allowing some of your houses heat to enter the cabinets in your home (i.e. bathroom & kitchen) that house piping is an easy solution to allow them heat.
- If you are extremely concerned with pipes freezing and have already taken all other precautions, then allow your faucets to slightly drip. Where there’s moving water there is a less likely chance to freeze.