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The Movers.com Blog » Blog Archive » How to Prevent Your Pipes from Freezing

How to Prevent Your Pipes from Freezing

Someone's going to need a lot of insulation!

Someone's going to need a lot of insulation!

Although we’re currently in the middle of winter, it’s never too late to protect your home from the dangerous effects of the cold weather. One of the most common dangers to houses during winter is your home’s pipes freezing. If they freeze, they could then burst, causing thousands in water damage to your house. Preventing this danger is actually pretty easy, timely, and cheap.

The first line of defense is to protect the pipes from the cold directly by wrapping them with insulation. You can use foil or fiberglass insulation or tubular sleeves to protect your pipes. Check out this video, courtesy of DIY, to get an idea of how to go about wrapping your pipes.

Once you have insulated the pipes, you can further protect them by sealing up any areas of your home that allow air to pass in and out, especially areas surrounding any pipes. If there are any drafts, from a window, doorframe, outlet, or other source, you’ll want to fix these up to help minimize the chance that your pipes will freeze.

If you have water pipes leading to an outside hose, your best bet is to disconnect the hose. You can also shut off the inside water valve, if possible.

Another way to keep your pipes safe from freezing is to make sure they are exposed to your homes heating system. Keep your under-the-sink cabinets open to allow warm air to circulate around your pipes. You can also help prevent pipes from freezing by letting your sinks that are against an outside wall of your home to drip continually. By having the water in your pipes running, the chance of them freezing will be greatly reduced.

If you are going to be away from your home for more than a few days at a time, you may want to take even more precautions. Even if you will be gone for the whole winter, you should still keep your heater on. If not, your pipes could very well freeze. That being said, you can set the thermostat as low as 55 degrees. You should also ask a trusted friend or relative to stop by your home every now and then to make sure everything is okay. If you want to be even more cautious, you could have your water shut off for the time that you will be away.

Again, it’s never too late to protect your home from winter weather. By taking a few simple steps, you can help keep the pipes in your home from freezing and causing irreplaceable damage to your home.

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