Whether your home is newer or “vintage,” one of the most challenging winter home issues is pipes that freeze. Pipes that burst can cause significant damage and likely lead to extensive clean-up. It is essential to know which of your home’s water pipes may be particularly susceptible to freezing-and what you can do to help prevent it.
You’ll need to note, as you walk through your home, which water pipes are located farther away from heat sources. Pipes in attics, garages or basements/crawl spaces are at greater risk. Water pipes that are located in unheated areas should have heat trace installed and should be insulated. There are plenty of inexpensive insulation kits available at home improvement stores. Keeping your water pipes warm and insulated is an excellent first step.
Maintaining a reasonable, consistent temperature through the day and evening will also help. Dropping the temperature too much during a cold snap can be hard on pipes. Along with warm temps, it’s also a good idea to open cabinet doors during frigid temperatures, to allow warmer air to circulate around the cold pipes.
While it may sound wasteful, it’s actually helpful to let water trickle from a faucet during a bout of bone-chilling cold. That small movement of water running through the pipes does aid in preventing freezing.
Lee Mechanical is here to help! Contact us with questions on how best to prepare your water pipes and your furnace for the winter. Our specialists are here, in good weather and in Wisconsin weather!