Homeowners and apartment dwellers, here's how you can prevent pipes from freezing.
Everybody knows that the number of people moving to Denver is increasing, and many of them are transplants from warmer climates. If you just aren't familiar with preparing your home or apartment for winter, listen up! We've got some top tips to help you keep your water pipes from freezing and, ultimately, avoid a costly plumbing repair!
When water freezes, it expands, and that can cause your water pipes to expand and burst—even if they're plastic. The trick is to identify trouble areas first. The pipes that are most prone to freezing include exposed pipes in unheated areas of the home (i.e., the garage, any plumbing that's located on the exterior of the home, and pipes located in poorly insulated exterior walls). This includes your garden hose spigot!
So what can you do?
Insulating pipes is usually an effective and low-cost option. Your local hardware store should be able to point you in the right direction. Also, you can purchase a faucet insulator for your outdoor spigot—it's a few dollars but well worth the extra protection. You should also turn your outdoor water off, open your spigot to let the remaining water drain out, and have your sprinklers blown out.
As for the pipes inside your home ...
- Keep your thermostat at 55 degrees or higher to prevent freezing, and keep it on both night and day.
- Leave cabinets open to allow warmer air to reach piping under sinks.
- Let your faucets drip, as that will help prevent freezing.
If you're really unsure about your current plumbing situation, it's always wise to have a plumber come check things out.
What are your thoughts? Do you have any pro tips to help prevent frozen pipes? If so, let us know in the comments below!