Ways to Keep Pipes from Freezing

Ways to Keep Pipes from Freezing

February 19, 2020

You may notice the sun peeking out from time to time, but it’s still cold in places. Lower temperatures by themselves or combined with rain, ice or snow can cause all sorts of problems for homeowners—especially with plumbing. When water freezes inside pipes, it expands and puts extra pressure on the pipes from the inside. The most common results of frozen pipes are small cracks that get worse over time and lead to complete pipe breakage, if not caught early and repaired. Both old pipes and new pipes can freeze and burst and cause expensive water damage to property.

If you suspect that your pipes are partially or fully frozen, read on. Below is a homeowner’s guide with tips and suggestions to ensure frozen pipe prevention in Shreveport, LA:

  • Insulate your pipes: One of the easiest ways to keep your pipes from freezing is to wrap them in insulation specifically designed for pipes. Pipe insulation is inexpensive, and a small investment when compared to the high repair costs of a busted water pipe. You can find pipe insulation made from fiberglass, foam and polyethylene, but you can also use newspaper and duct tape in a pinch.
  • Use heating tape: Another way to avoid frozen pipes is to use heating tape. There are two kinds—self-monitoring and manual—both of which are types of electrical heating tape that help pipes retain heat. While ideal for any easily accessible exposed pipes, heating tape is especially helpful for pipes located in exterior or unheated interior areas, like cold basements and attics.
  • Open up cabinets: Opening up the cabinets under your kitchen and bathroom sinks from time to time keeps warm air circulating around the plumbing. The easiest way to remember to do this is to open up your cabinets before you go to bed, then close them in the morning. The heated air helps to keep ice blockages and pressure buildup away from pipes, working its magic to prevent pipe cracks and bursts.
  • Warm the inside of your house: A simple way to prevent frozen pipes is to keep your thermostat set to the same temperature, day and night. The warm air circulating inside the house helps pipes maintain heat so they don’t crack or break. Sure, your energy bills might be a little higher for a few months, but it’s a lot cheaper than having to repair a burst pipe.
  • Leave faucets on: Here’s an interesting tip to help keep your pipes from freezing: let some faucets in your home drip. Start by determining which pipes are exposed and located in cooler areas, then leave these faucets on a slow drip or trickle when cold weather comes. This works because moving water doesn’t freeze nearly as easily as still water.
  • Seal around doors and windows: Another tip is to check for and seal up any cracks, holes or openings, as properly sealed door and window frames stop drafts from freezing your plumbing. You should also check for cold drafts coming in through electrical outlets, around cable wires and more.

Perot Plumbing, LLC takes frozen pipe prevention in Shreveport, LA seriously. Call us today for help!

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