You may not be that worried about pipes freezing right now, but once the winter season comes, it’s essential to do everything in your power to prevent your pipes from freezing. Otherwise, you may be facing a truly serious problem and damage that will cost you a lot of money and stress. Therefore, your Princeton handyman has prepared some useful tricks that can keep your pipes safe even against the cold.
Get rid of any leaks
It’s water that freezes during the winter. So, if you want to prevent your pipes from freezing, the first thing you need to pay attention to is whether there are any leaks in your plumbing system. This includes all the sinks and faucets as well, especially those that are closer to the walls, or plain outside.
Be careful with the water outside
In the yard and garden, always empty the hoses so that they do not contain water. When that water becomes ice, the pipes can burst from the inside. In fact, when temperature threatens to drop below zero, disconnect the hoses to prevent your pipes from freezing as well. If you have a water tank outside, pour some glycerin into the tank.
Insulate the pipes
This is especially important for basements and other outdoor areas with exposed plumbing. Luckily, there are many insulating accessories and heat tapes that can help you with this task. Speaking of heat tapes, there are different types with different materials and functions. Some have an integrated thermostat, which requires the tape to be entangled between the pipe and the insulation. Some heat tapes do not allow insulation to be placed on them; so it is best to always follow the manufacturer’s instructions.
Let the water flow
When there’s no way for you to insulate and in any other way protect the pipes from the cold they will definitely be exposed to, it may be a good idea to simply leave the water circulating freely. This doesn’t mean that you should keep the taps on constantly, but let the water run from time to time as it will be harder for running water to freeze.
Thaw a frozen pipe
First of all, check the material of the pipe in question. Some plastics and copper will break if the transition is very sharp, or simply because they have already cracked due to the cold. In case you notice a broken pipe, call for a professional handyman if you want to avoid major problems.
If the pipe is made of metal, you can heat it up by using a dryer or a heat lamp. Always do it very carefully and little by little, and never leave this process unsupervised.
You can always count on your local Princeton handyman when it comes to any type of plumbing work in your home. Therefore, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us at ifixit and have any plumbing issue resolved as soon as possible.