Frozen pipes are some of the worst things that can happen to your plumbing. Did you know that insurances losses related to frozen pipes routinely add up to hundreds of millions of dollars every year? According to data from State Farm, it’s true! The best way to avoid an expensive plumbing problem this winter is to prepare your pipes to withstand the cold weather.
Start with Problem Areas
It’s best to start out by addressing potential problem areas. The pipes most susceptible to freezing are the ones located in poorly insulated areas of your home. These include those that run along outside walls, in your garage, as well as unheated crawl spaces and attics. Keep these areas in mind when you apply our tips
How to Prevent Frozen Pipes
Pipe insulation can be done by some homeowners or your local plumber. This small step can go a long way to keep the pipes warm and prevent freezing. There’s really no downside!
Use Your Furnace
Your furnace and heating system can help prevent frozen pipes. If you hear that a frost advisory is in effect, turn up the heat a bit in your home so that the less insulated areas of your home stays at least 55-60 degrees.
If you’re planning on leaving your home for an extended period to visit family for the holidays, you may want to completely drain your pipes. All you have to do is turn on the faucet and then turn off the water supply. All the water will drain out eventually and you won’t have sitting water that could soon turn to ice.
Our other faucet tip is to let water flow. If there is a frost advisory in effect, keeping your faucets slightly running can be a great way to keep them from freezing.
If you’d like us to come to take a look at your plumbing and make sure you’re protected against freezing, contact A. Fagundes Plumbing & Heating Inc. at (978) 350-5522 or fill out an online contact form!