Several of my friends have posted on social media that their water pipes froze up on them during the latest arctic blast, and some of them have reported that their frozen pipes bursted and had to be replaced. I sure hope that hasn’t happened to you!
Luckily, it’s pretty easy to keep your pipes from freezing up on you. Here are a few tips:
1 – If your pipes run along an outside wall or through an unheated crawl space you might want to leave both your cold and water faucets running just a trickle.
It doesn’t take much to keep your pipes from freezing – just a trickle of water about the diameter of a thick pencil lead will do the trick.
Just be sure to let it trickle through each faucet. If one of your faucets mixes the hot and cold water and outputs through one spout make sure both the hot and cold handles are opened a just a bit.
I know this will run both your water bill and your electric bill up a little, but an extra $30 or so for those bills is a lot easier to stomach than a sky-high plumbing/carpentry bill.
2 – If your pipes run through an unheated crawl space you might want to consider wrapping them with a pipe heating cable. These special cables are relatively inexpensive and they work extremely well (as long as your power stays on of course).
You can purchase these heated pipe cables locally at your favorite hardware store or online at Amazon.
3 – If you live in a region where wintertime temps rarely drop below freezing you can probably get by simply by wrapping your exposed pipes with pipe insulation foam.
That’s all there is to it. Hopefully these tips will help keep your water flowing this winter and prevent your pipes from freezing and bursting open.
Stay safe and warm, everyone!
Bonus tip: This post explains how to prevent your bathroom from fogging up when you take a shower.
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