Cold Weather and Freezing Pipes

With the thermometer heading south, lower temperatures are causing homeowners to think about possibilities of damage to their properties. When water freezes in the water pipes in attics, crawl spaces and outside walls, water pressure can buildup between the ice blockage and the closed faucet which causes pipes to burst at their weakest point. Here are some steps you can take to keep water pipes from freezing:

  • Surround the exposed pipes with insulation sleeves/wrapping or install heat tapes on the pipes to slow the heat transfer. The more insulation, the better.
  • Seal the cracks/holes in the outside walls or foundation including places where television, cable or telephone lines enter the house with caulking.
  • To allow warm air to circulate around the pipes in the cabinets in the kitchen or bathroom, keep the cabinet doors open during cold spells.
  • If you have pipes that run through unheated or unprotected spaces, keep a slow trickle of water flowing from the faucet.
  • If you are going to be absent from the house for any length of time during a cold spell, consider draining the water system.

Keep your fork

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One thought on “Cold Weather and Freezing Pipes

  1. You not talking about protecting water lines in SD!

    I lived in southern Ala. for 3 years. I remember one morning our water to to trailer house was frozen….Just laid the hose out in the sunshine and let mother nature take care of it.

    Listened to the Watertown FM country station all day in the shop, Lows in the -10 to -15 deg. F. next week. Wind chills in the -25 range.

    Just wanted you to remember the difference between a cold snap and a cold snap, depends upon where you are.

    I do remember on day at Ft Rucker clearing a range of unexploded stuff….I had long underwear on, a sweater and a field jacked and still was cold. So I guess we humans can feel really cold where every we live.

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