Written by Andy's Pipe Dream
Category: Seasonal Tips
Published: 24 August 2015
Protecting Your Pipes in the Winter
To properly protect your home in the winter, you need to be conscious of every inch of your home, including your pipes. A frozen pipe will become instantly disastrous for your house but it is easy to prevent if you take the proper precautions.
For climates that have freezing temperatures regularly, a lot of homes are built with frozen pipes in mind. Homes in the colder climates of the United States have water pipes located on the inside of the building insulation, which protects the pipes from the cold weather.
So when does your home become at risk for frozen pipes?
The Building Research Council at the University of Illinois ran several tests and found that residential water systems subjected to winter temperatures began to freeze when the outside temperature reached 20°F or below.
However, they noticed that pipes exposed to wind can freeze even if the temperature is above 20°F.
How can you prevent your pipes from freezing?
- If you are building a house, you should consider not having pipes go in attics, crawl spaces and other vulnerable spaces where they will be exposed to cold air. Having pipes installed in insulated walls and in areas that will be heated will also prevent freezing pipes.
- Buying insulation from the local hardware store is also helpful, if it does not already have any. Place them around your pipes for extra protection.
- Leave your cabinet doors open so warm air can reach the pipes in the kitchen or bathrooms.
- Turn your faucet on and allow a slow drip. This will help relieve some of the pressure from the pipes, which can cause a pipe to freeze.
- Drain your water system. If you suspect a bad overnight freeze or you are leaving your home for a while, a water system drain will help prevent a freeze (because there will no be water for freezing).
- Keep your heat on. Keeping your house warm during the coldest weather will help prevent freezing from occurring. Make sure your basement is getting enough warmth.
If you need help preventing a frozen pipe in your home or you need help after your pipes have frozen, give us a call at (913) 677-0200 or visit our website for more information.