Avoiding Pipe Freezes and Burst Pipes

Avoiding Pipe Freezes and Burst Pipes

It is really cold outside and pipes are going to start freezing. While it was really cold last night, the freezing starts to occur after an extended period of below zero temperatures. Please run faucets all day today and all night tonight. While it may cost you some extra money on your upcoming water bill, a larger water bill is much less expensive than having a pipe freeze and burst. Below are some additional tips for preventing pipes from freezing. Please feel free to give us a call if you have any questions or concerns.

  1. If it is extremely cold outside, it would be a good idea to keep one or two faucets running slowly at all times. Water moving through the system should prevent the line from freezing. The video below demonstrates how you should run your water.

Faucet video

  1. Often times the pipes that freeze are located near an outside wall or a window so be sure to direct warm air to any colder areas of your home. (Start in your basement and look for any pipes near the exterior of the home.)
  2. If you kitchen sink is on an outside wall, and it probably is, be sure to leave cabinet doors open to allow warm air into the cabinet. (Your kitchen faucet is usually a good faucet to leave on during extremely cold weather.)
  3. If you haven't already, be sure to disconnect your hose from the outside faucet. If you leave your hose connected, water is not able to drain out of your hose bib and will likely freeze and break the device.
  4. There is a product called "heat tape" that can be installed and will warm pipes as needed during cold weather. While you could do this yourself, you may want to consult with an Indianapolis plumber to learn some best practices.
  5. Seal leaks that allow cold air into your home where pipes are located. Look for air leaks around electrical wiring, dryer vents, and pipes. Use caulk or insulation to keep the cold out. With severe cold, even a tiny opening can let in enough cold air to cause a pipe to freeze.
  6. Do whatever is necessary temperatures from dropping below 32 degrees in any areas of your home where water lines are located.
  7. If you still have concerns about your system, call a licensed plumber and ask them to come to your home and advise you about how to prevent pipes from freezing.
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