One of the most common plumbing problems over the winter months is frozen pipes. This can be a very costly issue because frozen pipes are prone to burst. Replacing them can be a major repair. The best way to avoid this unnecessary expense is to take the proper measure to prevent your pipes from freezing. Take a look at some of the things you can do to keep your pipes warm when the temperatures drop.
- Home insulation. One of your home’s first lines of defense from cold weather problems like frozen pipes is its insulation. Perform a visual inspection of the insulation in your crawl space, basement, and attic to ensure that it is in good shape and doing its job to protect your home.
- Heat while away. If you are traveling over the winter months, don’t be tempted to turn your heat off to save money. You should keep your thermostat set at 55 degrees or higher to prevent your pipes from freezing.
- Allow cold water to drip. If your pipes leading to a water fixture are exposed, consider letting the cold water drip over the winter. The movement of water this creates in the pipe will help to prevent freezing.
- Keep cabinets open. If the pipes to your bathroom or kitchen fixtures are in danger of freezing, leave the cabinet doors open in the winter to allow the heat to circulate to the plumbing. This is especially helpful for sinks that are on an exterior wall.
- Garage doors. Some homes have water supply lines that are located in the garage. Keeping your garage door closed will help to protect them.
If you have any problems with frozen pipes this winter, reach out to Birmingham Plumbing, Heating & Cooling at (248) 952-9900. Our experienced plumbers will have your pipes fixed in no time.