Cold winter months bring many ordeals, including bone-chilling temperatures, high utility costs, damaged roofs, frozen and busted water pipes, among others. Among these tribulations, frozen water pipes are the most expensive winter problems that homeowners have to deal with.
When the water pipes freeze, they burst, resulting in serious water damages. It is also a costly affair to fix all the ruptured water pipes in your home. So, it is important to find ways to prevent your water pipes from freezing during the cold season. Here, we give you a few tips on how to avoid frozen water pipes in your home.
Insulate Your Pipes
Insulating your water pipes is one of the surest ways of preventing them from freezing and bursting in the cold season. The good thing is that the whole process of insulating your pipes is not as expensive as repairing them when they freeze and rupture. You need to focus more on the unheated water pipes in the interior and exterior spaces of your home, like attics, basements, and garages, because they are the most vulnerable. Pipe insulators are made from a variety of materials, including fiberglass, foam, and polyethylene.
Close Your Garage Door
Garages are generally cold because of the large amount of smooth concrete inside. Therefore, if freezing air enters your garage, you can rest assured that the water pipes inside will be the first casualties. It’s even more disastrous if your main water supply line passes through your garage. It will mean going for days or weeks without water in your house. So, always make sure your garage door is closed.
Let Some of Your Taps Run
It is important to leave one or two of your faucets running to prevent your water pipes from freezing in the cold season. You don’t have to leave all your taps running; just open the ones fed directly by exposed pipes. What’s more, you don’t have to leave these faucets fully on; small trickles are enough to prevent the pipes from freezing.
Keep Your Thermostat Consistent
Maintaining the same temperature in your house throughout the cold season prevents ice blockage. So, don’t turn your thermostat down at night to save money on your heating bill because a ruptured water pipe costs more to repair. The wise thing to do is to keep thermostat settings consistent during the day and at night. Steady temperatures in your house will prevent water in your pipes from turning into ice.
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