Freezing temperatures can be dangerous for multiple reasons including for your plumbing system. Outdoor plumbing, in particular, is at risk for extensive damage because the pipes are exposed to the elements. Pipes usually freeze at 20 degrees Fahrenheit. Frozen pipes can lead to burst pipes and leaks, which are hard to detect in the cold. It’s not until the weather heats up that people realize their pipes are damaged.
Luckily, there are steps you can take to prevent your pipes from freezing!
Steps to Stop Pipes from Freezing
Leave Water Running to Prevent Frozen Pipes
While it might seem counterintuitive, dripping faucets can prevent freezing pipes! Running water will keep the pipe warm, even cold water which will be warmer than the temperature outside.
Open All Kitchen & Bathroom Cabinets
By keeping your cabinets open in your kitchen and bathroom, the warm air from your home will circulate to the plumbing and keep your pipes warm.
Keep Thermostat the Same
While some people might lower their thermostats to save on heating costs, cold storms are not the time to do it! By keeping your home consistently warm, you can prevent frozen pipes.
Keep Garage Doors Closed
Water supply lines can sometimes be found in the garage, which is why it’s important to keep the door shut through winter. This will prevent the frigid temps from damaging your pipes.
Leave Heating on While away
If you plan to be away during the cold weather, leave the heat on in your home. We recommend setting your thermostat no lower than 55° F.
If the cold temperatures damaged your plumbing, don’t hesitate to call our Indianapolis plumbers at Hope Plumbing! We provide reliable pipe repair services so that you can focus on what matters.