How To Prevent Your Water Pipes From Potentially Freezing

With the cold weather of winter in full effect, you should be thinking about a potential problem you can face with your plumbing. Sub-zero temperatures outside can easily cause the pipes inside your home to freeze. In a worst-case scenario, the pipe can potentially burst and cause major water damage in your home. Keeping your pipes safe is not difficult, but will require you to do a combination of these 4 things.

Open Cupboard Doors

With your furnace running throughout the winter, you'll be keeping the interior of your house nice and warm. Unfortunately, the air will have a difficult time reaching the space underneath sinks with the cupboard doors closed. Make it a habit to leave the doors open during the night when the temperature can drop, or when you are away at work. It will raise the temperature in the space a few more degrees, lowering the risk of a pipe freezing.

Let The Water Drip

You may have noticed that the water in a river is not as likely to freeze in the winter, which is because the water is constantly moving. The same method will apply to the pipes inside your home. If you open faucets enough so that the water can drip slightly, it will keep the water flow moving and prevent the pipe from freezing. Worried about wasting water by doing this? Collect it in a bowl and use it to water your indoor plants.

Insulate The Pipes

Those long foam tubes in the plumbing section of your local home improvement store are not pool noodles, but pipe insulation. It's incredibly easy to install on the exposed pipes in your home's basement, which can be one of the coldest places in your home.

Installing foam pipe insulation involves cutting the foam to size that match a straight section of pipe, applying it, and wrapping it with tape to keep it in place.

Insulate Your Walls

For exterior walls that have plumbing in them, you should add additional insulation to keep them warm. You can do this by hiring an insulation contractor to install spray foam between the walls. Holes will be made between two studs, and the cavity will be filled with an insulation that hardens. This will give pipes on exterior walls the best chance to avoid freezing.

For more tips on preventing your water pipes from freezing, get in touch with a local plumber, like those at Roto-Rooter and other locations.