Most substances shrink when turning from liquid to solid. Water, on the other hand, expands as it gets colder. For that reason, it’s critical to prevent water from freezing in your pipes. Expanding water puts immense pressure on pipes and can make them break open, causing costly water damage. Avoid this by following the frozen-pipe prevention tips below.
Disconnect Outdoor Pipes
Pipes used outdoors, such as garden hoses, sprinkler supply lines, and swimming pool lines are exposed to extreme cold. As a result, they tend to freeze frequently.
While winterizing your home, be sure to disconnect, drain, and store outside hoses. Also, close the indoor valves that supply outside hose bibs. However, leave the outdoor valve open to allow any remaining water to expand without breaking the pipe. Drain water from water sprinkler and swimming pool supply lines as per manufacturer’s directions.
Insulate Indoor Pipes
Pipes in unheated areas like attics, basements, crawl spaces, and garages also freeze easily. Wrap such pipes in pipe-insulation materials like UL-listed heat tape, heat cable, or pipe sleeve. Ensure you have enough insulation in your attic, basement, and crawl space to maintain warmer temperatures.
Open cabinet doors in the bathrooms and kitchen to allow warm indoor air to move around the water pipes behind them. However, if your garage has water supply lines, keep its doors closed.
Maintain Steady Temperatures
Set your thermostat to the same temperature during the day as at night. While avoiding lowering indoor temperatures at night may increase your heating bill, it will prevent costly plumbing repairs that you’d require if your pipes were to freeze and rupture.
If you’ll be away for a couple of days in the wintertime, leave your home’s heat on. A temperature of 63 degrees is ideal while you’re away.
Ignoring frozen-pipe prevention can have devastating consequences, so make sure you take the steps above while winterizing your house. If you have any questions about your home’s plumbing system, feel free to contact us at Aggressive Mechanical Contractors. We serve the HVAC and plumbing needs of Monmouth and Ocean counties.