How to Prevent Pipes From Freezing

December 11, 2020

Without the right measures in place, pipes can freeze and burst in subzero temperatures. Don’t let this happen to you. Here are five tips to follow before temperatures drop below freezing and create an expensive mess in your home.

1. Insulate Interior Pipes

Insulate pipes located in the attic, basement, crawl spaces, and other areas near the exterior of your structure. Your local home store has a variety of products you can use, including foam pipe insulation and heat tape.

2. Drain and Insulate Outside Pipes

Remove hoses attached to outdoor faucets. Drain and store the hoses. Locate inside valves supplying exterior faucets, and close them. With the water shut off, open the faucet and allow it to drain. Insulate the exterior pipe. Keep the faucet open so the remaining water can expand and contract without causing a broken pipe.

3. Open Cabinet Doors

Open the doors on cabinets where pipes are located. This allows the heat from your furnace to circulate in these areas. This includes cabinets in laundry rooms, bathrooms, kitchens, and utility areas.

The professional plumbers at FloHawks Plumbing + Septic can help you with your plumbing needs in Puyallup. Let us know you want assistance with a pipe repair or water issue in your home.

4. Drip Faucets

Allow cold water to drip from faucets inside your home. The trickling movement of the water through the pipes can prevent freezing.

5. Keep the Heat on

Keep your home’s heating system in operation whether you’re at home or away. Skip the nighttime temperature program you may have in place. Allow the heat to operate above 55 degrees day and night to keep pipes warm.

For complete plumbing installations, repairs, and maintenance in Puyallup, FloHawks Plumbing + Septic is the company to call for help. Our business has been serving locals for 50 years. We offer 24/7 emergency repair services, and we’re fully licensed, bonded, and insured. We service septic tanks, water heaters, sewer lines, garbage disposals, and more. Call us today to schedule an appointment.

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