Avoiding Frozen Pipes
We've all been there. The winter months roll around and before you know it your water stops working due to frozen pipes. It's an inconvenience to us all, and could even cause real damage if you aren't careful! Freezing water in the pipes can cause hardware to burst and can cost you thousands of dollars to repair.
Luckily, these problems can be easily resolved with just a few short steps. As a rule of thumb, steps would only need to be taken if the temperature outdoors is below 20 F. The most straight forward method is to simply make sure your walls are properly insulated. Having proper installation around your pipes is the most effective and simplest solution. It's also suggested that you leave your tap running, slowly, to keep the water flowing which makes it more difficult for it to freeze. This won't explicitly effect your water bill and keeps you and your plumbing in a strong position for when things get cold. It can also be helpful to direct warm air in the house towards the pipes, for instance if your kitchen sink shares a wall with the exterior you can leave the cabinet doors open which will allow the pipes to stay warm. If none of this works, it's suggested that you contact a professional plumber who is likely to have a solution.
Overall, to prevent damage one can insulate, allow for flow, and contact a professional, if all else fails.
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