Frozen pipes can be quite the problem. They can leave you without water for a long period of time and that is just one of the inconveniences. You could end up with burst pipes, leaks and major damage to parts of your home.
There are a few ways you help prevent your homes’ pipes from freezing. If you live in an area that gets extremely cold in the winter, you should try a few of these preventative steps.
Insulate any exposed pipes
Many houses in NEPA have pipes exposed in the basement. Unless your furnace heats your basement, these pipes can be exposed to severely cold temperatures. To prevent freezes from happening in these areas, insulate your pipes with simple pipe insulator from the hardware store.
Leave the faucet running
We know the last thing you want to do at this time of year is rack up a higher water bill, but just leaving your faucet running a little bit can help prevent your pipes from freezing. Running water is much less likely to freeze than water just sitting in the pipes.
Use a small heater or heat lamp
Depending on where in your home your pipes are susceptible to freezing, you may want to shine a heat lamp on the area or plug in a small electric heater. You will want to do this in an area that has some ventilation.
Open doors to under the sink plumbing
This is a simple way to prevent pipes from freezing. Simply open the doors of your vanity or cabinets and let the room temperature air circulate inside.
Turn the water off when you go away
If you are planning to spend a few days away from your home, it is really in your best interest, to find your main water shut off, and turn the water off completely. This will help prevent any unwanted surprises when you return.
If your pipes do freeze, don’t panic. First, turn the faucet on. If nothing comes out of cold or hot, try to figure out where the freeze is located. Then plug in a hair dryer and warm the pipes. Many times, this will fix your frozen pipes. If it does not, or if you have a leak, call a plumber immediately