Between gifts, festivities, and home heating costs, the holidays can drain your bank account. Experiencing damage from frozen pipes can be just as draining, in fact, downright brutal to your household budget, before or after the holidays.
As homeowners, it is important to proactively prepare our homes to avoid frozen pipe damage.
Allow cold water to drip from the faucets – When temperatures are expected to dip below freezing, allow faucets to drip slowly. Standing water is more susceptible to freezing so keeping the water flowing will prevent disastrous cracking, splitting or bursting pipes.
Monitor your thermostat – If you will be away and drop the thermostat to save on your bill, make sure not to drop it below 55 degrees. A dip in the outside temperature can increase the chances of frozen plumbing, and indoor temps below 55 degrees put your pipes in the danger zone.
Open cabinet doors under sinks and vanities – These areas (particularly in poorly insulated parts of the home) are more susceptible to damage from a temperature drop. Keep cabinet doors open to maximize the ambient heat circulating in the home.
Add Insulation to the home – Attics, basements, and crawl spaces can develop leaks and cracks as they age. Insulating these areas will maintain warmer temperatures. It’s a good idea to insulate around the foundation of the home as well.
Insulate the pipes too! – There are many fine products on the market that will add insulation to your pipes. Heat tape, pipe sleeves, and heat cable are easy, low-cost options for adding an extra level of protection when temperatures dip.
Keep these tips in mind to Save YOUR Pipes this Winter! Contact me anytime for contractor recommendations if you need help making changes like these to your home.