Prevent Frozen Pipes this Winter with These 9 Tips

With Winter almost here it’s time to prepare your house for the cold. One of the most critical steps of winterizing your house is preparing your water pipes to prevent them from freezing. When you have a frozen pipe, water inside can put pressure on your pipes causing them to burst or crack that could cause water damage in your home – not something you want to happen! Here are 8 tips to help prevent frozen pipes this winter.

  1. Keep garage door closed – especially if there are water supply lines in the garage
  2. Let warm air into closed off spaces. Periodically open cabinets in the kitchen and bathrooms to let the warmer air circulate around the plumbing (especially if the sink is on an exterior wall).
  3. Keep all interior doors open. This will help keep the house temperature more even throughout and help with air circulation.
  4. Keep the thermostat at a consistent temperature during the day and night. Your heating bill might go up a little but the additional expense is worth it to prevent frozen pipes.
  5. Insulate your water lines – especially the ones in unheated interior spaces (e.g. attic, garage and basement). Pipe insulation is inexpensive and a great way to protect your pipes.
  6. Let your faucets drip slowly. Letting your faucets drip will keep your water moving through your pipes making it harder for ice to form in your pipes. This may only be necessary during times when temperatures are below freezing or leaving town.
  7. If you plan on being away from your home for an extended period of time make sure to leave your heat on. It may cost you a bit of money but you will be more protected in case the temperature drops below freezing. The good news is the temperature doesn’t have to be set high. Any temperature above 55 F will help keep your pipes safe.
  8. Check your home for any cracks and openings and seal them to prevent any drafts. Even a tiny bit of wind can help ice to form on pipes. Places to check could be around windows and door frames, cable holes, sill plates, soffits, etc. Make sure to caulk any cracks or holes around any piping on the interior? and exterior walls.
  9. Drain and disconnect your garden hoses from the hose spigots. Make sure to insulate your hose bib with a cover as well.

Even the most prepared pipes can freeze and burst with a bitter cold snap. While we hope that doesn’t happen for you, if you have frozen pipes that cause water damage, Vista Restoration will be there to help 24 hours a day! Give us a call today!

Scroll to Top