• Elizabeth Kenney

4 Tips To Prevent Freezing Pipes

The last thing you and your home need this winter is frozen, burst pipes. Preventing your pipes from freezing is often not terribly difficult. However, planning ahead and proper maintenance is necessary.

Check out these four tips from Consumer Reports on how to ensure the pipes in your home maintain the adequate amount of warmth as the temperature drop:

#1 Open the doors of the kitchen and bathroom cabinets.

Since your plumbing is located beneath the kitchen and bathroom sinks, it is useful to keep the lower cabinet doors open, so that the warm air around your heated home can circulate to these areas.

#2 Let the water run.

By simply running water through the pipes, this will ensure your pipes remain in use and, as a result, do not freeze and burst.

#3 Keep temperature consistent.

You may be tempted to cut off or turn down the temperature at night. However, this can put your pipes at risk of freezing. Instead, keep the temperature in your home consistent throughout the day and the night.

Similarly, if you will be away from your home for an extended period of time, be sure to set the temperature to at least 55°F. (The last thing you want to come home to is burst pipes!)

#4 Insulate. Insulate. Insulate.

It is important to insulate spots in your home, such as attics, basements, and crawl spaces. Although these spaces may not be used regularly, do not forget to attend to the insulation of these rooms. If these rooms are properly insulated, they will be able to maintain higher, appropriate temperatures.

On a similar note, be sure to close all doors and windows of your home. And don’t forget to close the garage door!

These measures will help keep heat trapped inside your home, and in turn, help your pipes maintain proper temperature all winter long.

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