Stay Cool & Learn How to Prevent Pipes from Freezing
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Prevent Pipes from Freezing

Stay Cool & Learn How to Prevent Pipes from Freezing

Knowing how to prevent pipes from freezing during the winter seasons reduces the risk of burst pipes, water damage to your property, and expensive plumbing repairs or replacement. Not to mention the inconvenience of not having running water in your home to cook, wash, and take showers. In addition, burst pipes are often one of the top causes of mold exposure in homes throughout the area.

However, many homeowners do not know exactly what to do to keep this from happening. At Uprite Plus 2, we want you to access this important information to minimize frustration and financial losses associated with frozen exterior or interior pipes. Continue reading to learn more about how to prevent your pipes from freezing this winter.

What Causes Pipes to Freeze?

Subzero temperatures are the primary cause of freezing pipes. Pipes become vulnerable to freezing when temperatures fall below 32 degrees Fahrenheit. The threshold is 20 degrees F, and the longer such frigid temperatures persist the greater the risk.

Pipes that are not properly insulated and those in crawl spaces, attics, and outside the walls are also at risk. In extremely cold weather, cold air can flow from outside through holes or openings in the building and cause pipes to freeze. The size of the pipes and the material used to make them are also other factors.

6 Tips on How to Prevent Pipes from Freezing

The most important thing of all to remember is iced covered and frozen pipes have the potential to burst. Here are six helpful tips on how to prevent pipes from freezing before or during frigid winter weather and keep water flowing through your taps:

Insulate Your Pipes to Prevent Freezing

Insulate hot and cold pipes or add extra insulation to those that are likely to freeze. Pay special attention to water pipes and pipes in the attic, basement, crawl spaces, and garage. An easy solution could be fitting the pipes with fiberglass sleeves or foam rubber. Adding more insulation to pipes and walls can also help keep them warm and protect them from icing.

Cover Your Pipes with Heating Tape

Heating tapes supply heat directly to the pipes. Short sections of pipe that will be exposed to the freeze when winter comes can be covered with heating tape. Some tapes are heat and cold sensitive and can automatically turn on or off as needed. Other types need to be manually regulated. For safety, follow the manufacturer's instructions carefully when using electrical heating tapes.

Prevent Pipes from Freezing by Letting Faucet Drip

Slightly opening the taps to faucets attached to pipes at risk of freezing can be an effective preventative measure. Be sure to open taps connected to both hot and cold water pipes. Single taps and faucets outside the walls can be set to allow warm water out. Allowing faucets to drip warm water keeps water flowing and reduces pressure from building up within the pipes.

Disconnect Hoses from Outdoor Faucets

Garden hoses should be disconnected from pipes, properly drained, and stored to prevent pipes inside the home from freezing or affecting the entire plumbing system. Turn off the outside water spigot connected to the hose. This prevents additional water from the water pipe from entering the hose. Disconnect the hose, loop, and store it away in a warm place.

Prevent Pipes from Freezing By Keeping Your Home Warm

Keep a stable temperature inside the house during the day and night. Overnight drop in temperatures can increase the chance of freezing. Keep all external doors closed including the inside door to the garage.

You can open the cabinet doors to the bathroom and kitchen to keep warm air flowing throughout the house. Opening doors to cabinets under the sink also allow warm air contact with pipes and keep water flowing through the taps.

Seal Cracks and Holes

Gaps, holes, and cracks can be found in the walls or floors where pipes, TV cables, and phone cables are installed. Sealing these openings both from the inside and outside minimizes the amount of cold air that flows into the house. Spray foam insulation or caulk can be used for sealing. Remember to seal openings in cabinet compartments under the sinks.

Got Flood Damage from Frozen Pipes? Contact UpRite Plus 2

Even with the greatest preventative care, pipes can still get frozen. Worst case, they can leak or burst and cause flooding or extensive damage to your home. If this happens in spite of your diligence, you can rely on the experienced and professional team at UpRite2 to conduct fast and expert flood remediation services.  

Contact UpRite Plus 2 today for expert flood remediation services.

About the Author Thomas Marr

Offering nearly four decades of industry experience in restoration, mold remediation, and reconstruction, Thomas G. Marr is the president and CEO of ite Plus 2. He holds two certifications from the Florida Mold Institute — Certified Professional Mold Inspector and Certified Professional Mold Remediator — as well as a long list of other industry-recognized certifications. He brings brings a unique set of skills and expertise in all matters of flood, fire, and mold remediation, which has proven to be invaluable to businesses and homeowners throughout the New York area.

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