With wind chills expected to get as low as -25F below in the next 36 hours, the ground will contract and expand with the radical temperatures in the next 36 hours. Your pipe and sewer lines can become separated and water lines can freeze and crack. These problems have the potential to cause serious damage to your home.
Follow these 7 tips to help prevent your pipes from freezing:
- Cover your exterior faucets with pipe insulation foam that can be purchased from the hardware store or let them drip.
- Apply heat tape to any exposed water lines.
- Pay special attention to areas that have given you trouble in the past by adding a space heater.
- Keep garage doors closed.
- Let the cold water drip from a faucet served by exposed pipes. Running water through the pipe—even at a trickle—helps prevent pipes from freezing.
- Cabinet doors under kitchen and bathroom sinks should be left open during cold spells to expose the warm air in the room and allow it to circulate around the pipes.
- If you plan to be away during cold weather, leave the heat on in your home, set to a temperature no lower than 55° F.
- Call us if you have any trouble with frozen water lines or sewer pipes. We provide 24 hour emergency service.