Homeowners understand the frustration – frozen pipes because of extremely cold temperatures. Fortunately, there is something that you can do about it yourself rather than rely on sewer line replacement once a pipe bursts. If you want to ready your Hamilton home for the cold, these tips will help you out.
Winter Tip #1 – Add Extra Insulation
Certain pipes do not have the right type of insulation for the freezing cold, think attics or a basement. You should add some insulation with fiberglass or rubber sleeves to decrease the chances of freezing. Even though this can become a bit expensive if you have a large area that you need to cover, it is still better than having to repair your burst pipes.
Winter Tip #2 – Seal Up Cracks and Holes
Are there any cracks or holes near your pipes? You should caulk them as quickly as possible – both the exterior and interior walls. This is going to help keep the warm air in while keeping the cold air out. It is inexpensive and just good practice to begin with.
Winter Tip #3 – Keep Your Interior Doors Open
Pipes are often located in your cabinets. By keeping the cabinet doors open as the temperatures drop, you are letting the heat from the rest of your home keep those pipes warm. Let the heat flow throughout the home by keeping your interior doors open.
Winter Tip #4 – Allow Faucet to Drip
You can relieve pressure in the system by letting the faucet drip slowly. A pipe often bursts because of the pressure between the faucet and the blockage. By letting the faucet open, you keep the pipe from bursting because it prevents this pressure from building up.
Winter Tip #5 – Keep The Heat On
Make sure that the heat is kept on, even if you are gone for a bit. The heat prevents pipes from freezing. Granted, if you are not home, it sounds wasteful to keep the heat on. However, if we compare those expenses to the cost of repairs after your pipes freeze and burst, you will realize that it is a good idea to keep the heat on.
Make sure that you keep the heat above 50 degrees Fahrenheit, it does not need to be as high as you normally would keep if you were really home. This will prevent the water from freezing by providing enough heat.