The weather experts are predicting this winter is going to be cold, wet, and seem like it stretches on forever. You might not realize the impact on your home when the temperature drops, especially for your pipes. We have some simple tips that will keep your home in tip top shape.
When it comes to caring for your outdoor pipes, you’ve probably already blown the lines for your sprinkler system and made sure your faucets are shut off. But what about your indoor pipes? Cold weather can have an effect on it, causing major problems for you.
When the temperature dips well below freezing, simply leaving your cupboard doors open at night in your sink cabinet can help prevent frozen pipes. The heat can’t circulate around your pipes and keep them from freezing at night if there is no place for the heat to get into. This is also useful to do with bathroom and laundry room sink cabinets as well.
Although we always encourage people to conserve water, leaving a thin stream of water dripping from your faucets can also help keep pipes from freezing. Even a slow drip can be just enough to keep water moving through the pipes so the water isn’t sitting stagnant, making it prone to freezing. It doesn’t have to be hot water either, cold works just as well.
When the temperature really drops, using a space heater in your kitchen or bathroom in addition to your normal heat can help keep everything nice and toasty which makes your pipes very happy.
There are other options like insulating between the walls and simply turning up the heat a little higher at night. Frozen pipes don’t have to wreck your winter fun. Visiting your local home improvement store could also be a great way to get more tips and tricks to keeping your plumbing from freezing up.