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How to prevent frozen pipes in the winter months

February 22, 2023
Mike Lentz

As the temperature drops during the winter months, one of the most common plumbing problems that homeowners face is frozen pipes. When the water in the pipes freezes, it expands and can cause the pipes to burst, leading to costly water damage and repairs. At Artisan Home Services, we understand the importance of preventing frozen pipes, and we’ve put together some tips to help you avoid this problem.

  1. Insulate your pipes

One of the most effective ways to prevent frozen pipes is to insulate them. This can be done by wrapping the pipes with foam insulation or heat tape. Insulation helps to keep the heat in the pipes and prevents them from freezing. Pay special attention to pipes that are located in unheated areas of your home, such as your attic, basement, or garage.

  1. Keep your home heated

Make sure that your home is heated to at least 55 degrees Fahrenheit, even when you’re away. This will help to keep the temperature inside the house above freezing and prevent the pipes from freezing. If you’re planning to be away for an extended period of time, consider turning off the water supply to your home and draining the pipes.

  1. Open cabinet doors

If you have pipes located inside cabinets, open the cabinet doors to allow warm air to circulate around the pipes. This will help to keep the pipes from freezing.

  1. Let the faucet drip

When the temperature outside drops below freezing, let your faucet drip slightly. This helps to relieve pressure in the pipes and prevents them from bursting. It’s a good idea to let the faucet in the kitchen or bathroom drip since these are the rooms where the pipes are most likely to freeze.

  1. Seal cracks and gaps

Inspect your home for cracks and gaps that can let cold air inside. These openings can cause pipes to freeze, so make sure to seal them with caulk or foam insulation. Pay special attention to areas around doors, windows, and pipes that enter or exit your home.

In conclusion, preventing frozen pipes is important to avoid costly repairs and water damage. By following these simple tips from Artisan Home Services, you can keep your pipes from freezing and ensure that your home stays warm and comfortable during the winter months. If you’re experiencing problems with frozen pipes or need help with any other plumbing issues, don’t hesitate to contact us. Our team of experienced plumbers is always ready to assist you.