The coldest time of the year is coming up in the next month. Even those of us that enjoy the chill of winter and all that comes with it will admit that February can sometimes be a trying time of the year. While extremely cold weather can make it unpleasant to clean off the car in the morning or to run out and grab the mail, you should remember too that it can have serious ramifications for your residential plumbing system. Frozen pipes are among the biggest of concerns this time of the year. We’ve got some tips to help you avoid frozen pipes below, and a great offer as well. Schedule a plumbing service to be completed prior to February 29th, mention this blog post, and get a free $30 gift card.
Insulate Your Pipes
We can not stress enough how beneficial it can be to keep your pipes well-insulated. There are a variety of products available to help you to do so, including pipe sleeves that simply slip right onto the pipe. Insulating your pipes, especially those passing through unheated areas of your home or property, helps to prevent excessive heat transfer from within to the air surrounding the pipe, which can lead to the freezing of water within and the bursting of the pipe.
Keep a Trickle Flowing
You may not want to waste water, for both environmental and monetary reasons, but you also shouldn’t think of the water used in trickling it through your pipes as a waste. Instead, think of it as a preventative measure. All you need is a small amount of water moving through your pipes in order to minimize the risk of damages. That is well worth the investment in that water, we’d say.
Open Up Your Cabinets
If you have pipes running through cabinetry in your kitchen or bathroom, it is a very good idea to keep those cabinets open. It may look a little odd, but this helps to keep heated air from your living space circulating around those pipes, preventing them from freezing up. Always remember to keep any potentially harmful cleaners or other chemicals safely stored away, of course.
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