Keep Your Pipes From Freezing
Now that I'm an adult, I have to do adult things. I remember my mom talking about frozen pipes in the winter and now it's a real thing that I have to be concerned about. This is that time, friends.
The reason frozen pipes are a big deal is because water expands as it freezes. Think of that in your pipes. Those suckers will burst - no matter the material holding in the water...or ice.
Frozen Pipe Prevention:
- Allow your hot and cold water to drip overnight from your faucets.
- Open cabinet doors under sinks and in storage areas to allow the heat from the room to circulate around your pipes (uninsulated ones)
- Insulate pipes on outside walls, in crawl spaces and in the garage.
- Keep your heat set no lower than 55 degrees. If you're leaving town, don't go below that to save money - it could mean frozen pipes when you come home.
You Know You Have a Frozen Pipe When:
- Only a trickle of water comes out. Nothing more.
How to Fix a Frozen Pipe:
- Keep the faucet open (on)
- Apply heat to the section of pipe using an electric heating pad wrapped around the pipe, a blow dryer or a portable space heater. Keep the flammables away from the pipe.
- Don't release the heat from the pipe until full water pressure is restored.
- Check the rest of the faucets in your home.
- Breathe a sigh of relief
- If you aren't able to complete #5, call a plumber and try not to panic.