How to stop your pipes from freezing during the winter

Pipes are an integral part of both your boiler and also the plumbing in general. One of the biggest worries during the winters is frozen pipes. Water in the pipes tends to freeze during the cold winter and might lead to a burst or blockage. Frozen pipes are difficult to recover but possible. It is much better to prevent freezing rather than rectifying it after the freeze. Here are some basic steps which can prevent the pipes from freezing.

  • Drain water from all the pipes that will not be used during the winter season. These pipes include but not limited to supplies to the swimming pools, hot tubs, lawn sprinklers, etc. Each and every appliance will have a different methodology for drainage. Do refer the user manual or contact the brand support for completing the drain safely.
  • Hoses which are used for external purposes like washing, cleaning, etc shouldn’t be left exterior during the winter. When the winter begins, unhook all those hoses and completely drain them and store them in a covered place. When you store the hose in a closed place, do keep the hose bibs outside for water to drain completely.
  • Identify spots in your home where you feel the temperature will be at its lowest; consider an additional layer of insulation. Some of the areas might be your attics and basement which tends to cool further.
  • In some homes, it is common to have water supply lines in the garage. If that is the case, do not keep the garage door open for longer periods. If kept open, cool breeze will enter and the pipes might freeze. So open the garage door only when required and close it immediately.
  • The most effective measure for preventing the pipes from freezing is adding insulation. There are many insulation options available which can be bought from the local hardware store. Some specialized pipe-insulation products like heat tapes, pipe sleeves, heat cables, etc will offer a much-sophisticated layer of insulation.
  • Another small hack which will reduce water pressure and slow down freezing is by slightly opening up the faucet and allows the water to drip. When water is dripped slowly it prevents pressure build up in the pipes and keeps them warm.
  • The thing which we are going to suggest now is not so very energy efficient but might save you a lot as it prevents burst pipes. Set the same temperature in your thermostat both for the day and night hours as this will maintain warmth and prevent the pipes from freezing. This will lead to an inflated energy bill, but will save you from expensive repairs.
  • It is quite common for people to go on vacation during the winter. When you go on a vacation, set the thermostat to a minimum of 55 degrees F. This is sufficient enough to prevent the pipes from freezing. Anything below 50 degrees will lead to cold build-up and freezing.

These tips will ensure that the pipes don’t freeze during cold winters. In some rare cases, extreme cold will set in which might freeze your pipes. Frozen pipes can be recovered though it is difficult. Do call our trusted heating engineers in case you notice a frozen pipe. Our experts are well trained and experienced in handling frozen pipes.

Reference: https://www.benfranklinplumbingmn.com/blog/protect-pipes-freezing/