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.
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