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Frozen Pipes Can Burst And Lead to a Long Chilly Winter

How to Avoid Frozen Pipes

Winter temperatures can be very long and challenging, and with such frigid conditions, it is easy to understand how quickly pipes can freeze. When pipes freeze, there is a likely chance that they could rupture, do you know why frozen pipes burst?

As a result, homeowners could be looking at a very costly and dangerous situation. Luckily, like most things with the plumbing system, frozen pipes can be prevented. Below are some ways that homeowners can make sure that pipes never freeze during this harsh winter season.

Cover the Pipes with Heat Tape

heat tapeIf you have ever used an electric blanket to keep you warm at night, you will be able to understand how effective heat tape is for pipes. It is a tape that is used to supply heat to the pipes during cold spells. This is most effective for areas of your piping where they are more susceptible to cold air.

Two types of heat tape are available. One type will automatically turn on and off by itself when it feels as though heat is needed. The other kind needs to be plugged in and turned on and off as needed. As you can imagine, the use of heat tape can be dangerous and should be monitored at all times.

Insulate the Pipes

Another tip that homeowners can take advantage of is insulating their pipes. When pipes are located in colder areas of the house such as the attic or basement, it would be a wise decision to add extra insulation to keep those areas warm. You can also decide to fit your pipes with foam rubber or fiberglass sleeves to prevent the chances of freezing. This is a great solution for pipes that are out in the open but can be costly if you have to open up the walls, ceilings, and floors.

pipe insulation

It is important to remember that insulation will not add heat to the pipes. Its main function is to keep the pipe closer to the temperature of the water inside the pipe. Since it does not add heat, even with insulation, pipes are still susceptible to freezing if exposed to below freezing temperatures for an extended period of time. Make sure to keep an eye on this, as it may lead to a need for repiping services in your home. 

Allow the Faucets to Drip Water

drop of waterOne final tip that could help prevent your pipes from freezing is to let the faucet drip water through the plubing water cycle. This relieves pressure in the system which is vital because it is the pressure that is created between the blockage and the faucet that can lead to the burst.

When the faucets are left open, the pressure will not build up and save the pipes from bursting. If the sink has both a hot and cold handle, it is important to turn both on to maintain a balance with the pressure.

This can be an effective way to save your pipes when you are sleeping at night when temperatures can really plummet. Only a slight drip is needed to relieve that pressure.

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