Winter is well on its way, and we are likely to see the first signs of cold weather pretty soon. If you have read the last blog by our Collinsville plumber, then you already know that there are lots of things that you can do to prevent your pipes from freezing. Previously, we talked about sealing air leaks and turning off hose bibs. The following is a list of the rest of the tips on how to prevent your pipes from freezing:
- Insulate your pipes- Pipes that are are exposed to the cold are a lot more susceptible to freezing. The pipes in your home’s attic or crawl spaces are the most at risk, so you should insulate those pipes first. A good thing to keep in mind is the more that you insulate your pipes, the more protection you are giving them from freezing.
- Keep cabinet doors open- When you keep your cabinet doors open, it allows warmth to get to the pipes that are under the sink and near exterior walls.
- Keep your thermostat up- Many people turn their thermostat down at night while they are asleep. While this can save you money on your energy bill, a cold night could catch you off guard and freeze your pipes. Keep your thermostat set at the same temperature during both the day and the night.
- Drip warm water during the night- A trickle of warm water could keep your pipes from freezing. That is why it is a good idea to drip warm water on especially cold nights.