Pipe freezing is a common issue during periods of extreme cold. Pipes that freeze most frequently are those that are exposed to severe cold, like outdoor hose bibs, sprinkler supply lines, and water supply pipes. Because water expands as it freezes, it puts tremendous pressure on whatever contains it, including metal and plastic piping.
No matter the strength of the pipe, expanding water can cause extensive (and expensive) damage. But there are steps you can take to prevent pipes in your home from freezing.
- Remove, drain, and store hoses. Close inside valves supplying outdoor hose bibs, and drain the remaining water from the bibs. Drain pipes that aren’t used in the winter, and make sure to leave faucets open to ensure the pipes do not refill.
- Check around your home for other unheated areas where water pipes are located. Look in the basement, crawl space, attic, and under kitchen and bathroom cabinets. Both hot and cold water pipes in these locations should be insulated.
- Keep garage doors closed if there are water supply lines in the garage.
- Keep your thermostat set to the same temperature both during the day and at night. If you will be going away during cold weather, leave the heat set to a temperature of 55°F or higher.
- Consider investing in anti-freezing products such as pipe sleeves, heat tape or heating cables, and install them on exposed water pipes.
If you experience frozen pipes, contact Woodfin immediately. Your Home Team’s plumbing department is equipped to diagnose and correct frozen pipes, as well as any other plumbing problem or complication. Visit our plumbing page for a complete overview of our plumbing expertise.
By Kelly Williams