Frozen pipes are a common winter plumbing issue that can easily cost homeowners thousands of dollars in water damage and plumbing repairs. If the water running in your pipes freeze, it will expand and burst your plumbing open, causing water damage. How do you keep residential and industrial plumbing from freezing during winter?
Install Plumbing Insulation
The most cost-effective way of keeping your pipes from freezing as temperatures drop below zero is to insulate your pipes, particularly the ones in non-insulated spaces. Insulation should be used liberally to make sure water doesn’t freeze. Fortunately, pipe insulation can cost as little as 50 cents per linear foot.
Important note: if you have any exposed pipes, allow water to drip from the faucet until a plumber insulates them. Keeping the water running will help keep your pipes from freezing. If you’re concerned about your utility bill, you might want to consider installing EVAC systems, which help minimize water wastage.
General Tips for Preventing Frozen Pipes
Aside from insulating your pipes, you can prevent frozen pipes by:
- Adding insulation to other living spaces – Pipe insulation can only do so much on its own. Make sure the other parts of your home have enough insulation.
- Keeping bathroom and kitchen cabinets open – This will allow warm air to circulate near the plumbing. If you have kids, remove cleaners and other harmful chemicals and store them in another cabinet to be safe.
- Keep the thermostat above 55° F – If you plan on staying somewhere else during winter, don’t set the temperature lower than 55° F. Otherwise, your plumbing might freeze.
For more tips on how to keep your pipes from freezing, don’t hesitate to consult with a plumbing contractor.
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