5 Tips: How to Avoid Bursting Pipes
WHAT TEMPERATURE DO PIPES FREEZE?
Without sound too "obvious," the freezing temp of water is 32 degrees. The good news is, your pipes are protected through your home's insulation. Just because it is 32 degrees or lower outside, doesn't necessarily mean that your pipes will be that. Here in Western, NY - we would be "at risk" of pipes freezing at 20 degrees or lower.
5 TIPS: HOW TO AVOID BURSTING PIPES?
While it is nearly impossible to heat the ground surrounding your home, there are steps you can do to help your pipes temperature! Here is a list of 5 things that you can do to avoid water pipe bursts:
1. Keep a Few Faucets Running
While this may bring back childhood memories of dad telling you to "turn the water off" while you are brushing your teeth, you should actually keep one or two faucets running slowly. Water moving through the system can help prevent the line from freezing. Movement is good!
2. Leave Cabinet Doors Open
Thats right - Open cabinets allow warm air to flow into the interworking of the plumbing. Following tip 1 - Your kitchen faucet is usually a great faucet to "leave on" during the colder temperatures.
3. Disconnect Hose From Outside Faucet
While this may be an obvious one for many, some newer home owners may forget this step. Be sure to disconnect your hose from the outside faucet. You do want any water freezing, even if you think it is empty!
4. Seal Leaks From Outside
Seal, seal, seal! Look for air leaks around electrical wiring, dryer vents, and pipes. If possible, we recommend using caulk or insulation to keep away! Believe it or not, even the smallest opening can lead to a burst pipe.
If you have any concerns, please do not wait until a pipe bursts to contact us. A liscesed plumber form Triple-O will be able to locate potential pipe bursts and prevent them from happening. Give us a call or contact us so we can keep you warm AND dry this holiday season!