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Temperatures dropped quick here in the valley! We have had a run of days below freezing and there will be plenty more before winter is over. With all these lower temps there is a possibility of frozen pipes and that is something that no one ever wants to deal with. Freezing water inside the pipes can cause the pipes to expand and burst which in turn can lead to sever flooding later. That is why these steps on How to Prevent Frozen Pipes is so important.
The pipes that are most exposed are the pipes that are more prone to freezing. When it comes to freezing it also does not matter if the pipes are metal or plastic. Each of those materials will still expand and break when water freezes within. That is why it is so important to prevent the freezing pipes from ever happening.
Drain Outdoor Pipes –
It is always a good idea to drain your swimming pools and blow out your sprinkler systems before the freezing temps set in. Along with this you will also want to remove and drain out any hoses that were hooked up to your outdoor faucets.
Heat Tape –
Wrapping heat tape around your exposed pipes is one of the best ways that you an prevent them from freezing. You can even buy tape with a built in thermostat which will help them from overheating as well. Please remember to follow the instructions provided with your heat tape to insure that it is installed and used properly. It is also important to read the safety information on your specific brand of heat tape if you are planning on adding insulation over your pipes that are taped. Not all heat tapes are safe for insulation and could catch on fire.
Insulate your Pipes –
You can add insulation to your pipes or even cover them with foam, fiberglass, or rubber insulation that is made specifically for water pipes. Make sure the insulation is firmly secured and has no gaps.
Leave Tap Running –
If your power goes out or if you are planning on being away from a long period of time then you might want to leave your faucets at a drip. The constant flow of water will help prevent the water within your pipes from freezing.
Open Cabinet Doors –
If your power goes out or if you are going away you will want to open cupboard doors along with leaving the water dripping. Leaving the doors open will allow more heat to get into the cupboard around your pipes.
Leave Your Heat On –
Winter time is not the best time to try to lower the heat to save on your bills. Try to keep your heat set to at least 55 degrees during the day and at night. Also if you are leaving town, don’t turn off your heat source!