4 Tips to Prevent Pipes from Freezing
Before you put on your comfy flannel pajamas on and nestle by the fire to enjoy the winter setting, you may need to tend to your home and its plumbing first. You can’t enjoy the warm fire with water from a leak flooding your home.
Why do frozen pipes burst?
Pipes do not burst because of the ice formed inside, but it instead has to do with pressure. When water freezes, it takes up more space because the molecules freeze in a hexagonal shape. The expanding ice is forced towards the faucet, which creates a blockage in the water flow and increases water pressure. This causes the pipe to burst, but not where the ice is formed. Instead, the pipe ruptures in the only open space in the pipes, which, unfortunately, causes an enormous mess.
Pipes that are in areas without proper insulation such as the basement or attic are more susceptible to freezes and bursts. Insulating your pipes is a highly effective, low-cost solution to keep you and your family protected from a potential burst pipe. Insulation tubes can be purchased at your local home improvement retailer and are easy to use.
Let Faucets Drip
If you are afraid that your pipes will freeze, the easiest way to ensure the safety of your pipes is to allow them to drip. Pipes are more susceptible to freezing during low temperatures when there is not a constant flow of water as it relieves pressure in the system, thus preventing bursting pipes from blockage and pressure.
Keep Doors Open
More often than not, pipes are hidden behind cabinets. Opening doors allow the heat from the rest of your house to keep your pipes safe and warm. It is especially a good idea to do this during the night as a preventative measure when temperatures are at their lowest.
Keep the House Warm Even if You’re Away
Going out of town, many families leave their thermostat higher in the summer and lower in the winter to keep their electric bill lower for the month. During hotter seasons, this does not do any damage to pipes and plumbing, however, in the winter this can be detrimental. We suggest keeping your home at 69 degrees while you’re away to prevent damage.
For more information on how to prevent your pipes from freezing contact A&R Plumbing, Heating, and Air at (806) 372-1572 or online at www.armechanical.com/contact-us to speak with an expert plumber today.