It’s Winter! Keep Your Water Pipes From Freezing!

How Do You Know If Your Water Pipes Are Frozen?

If your water pipes are frozen completely, then no water will be able to flow through the pipes. You will have no running water when the faucet is turned on. If the circumference of the water pipes are frozen, then your water pressure will be lower than usual.

Home Tips For Winter – Why Do Water Pipes Burst?

Water pipes hold a large amount of pressure for water availability at any time. This can be a blessing and a curse. As the water inside the pipes freezes, it expands and needs some place to go. Eventually the pressure of the expanding water volume exceeds the force the pipes can handle, and the pipes burst. It’s like a soda that’s left in the freezer too long!

How to Prevent Water Pipes from Bursting

Keep a small drip going if it’s 20° F or below outside. Having water going through the pipes will relieve the pressure and greatly reduce the chance of the pipes freezing. Also check the outside and inside temperature. Pipes generally will not freeze unless the outside air is around 20° Fahrenheit. If you’re leaving your house and want to turn the heat down, don’t go any lower than 55° Fahrenheit.

Other Tips to Keep Water Pipes from Freezing

Open the closets and shut the garage doors. Keeping heat in closets and smaller spaces throughout the house is important. Likewise, opening the doors throughout your home will help with an even heat distribution. Also make sure to keep your garage doors shut to prevent cold drafts. It’s amazing how preventing drafts will greatly help keep the temperature up.

What If My Water Pipes Are Already Frozen?

At this point, the first thing you should do is to thaw the pipes. This can be done with heater tape by wrapping it around the pipes until the ice begins to melt. Some tapes heat automatically only when the pipes get too cold. Other kinds require manual use and heat instantly when plugged in. A hair dryer or other type of heat source can well if the pipe is in reach. If the pipes have burst, consult a licensed plumber to asses the situation and determine the safety of the pipes.