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An Insulated Pipe Is A Happy Pipe
Smiley’s 1st Tip, keep it warm.Wrap your Pipes with insulation in vulnerable areas like outside, the garage or basement. The attic is also an area of concern for repiped homes. Make sure your attic plumbing is properly insulated. If you find any of your pipes are not proper, use a thick foam pipe wrap to keep the pipes warm. Stock up on all of your needs at Ace Hardware or any home improvement shop. Make sure to secure the foam with Zipping Ties or strong twine. Use the foam sleeves in abundance to ensure the pipe’s protection from the elements.
Use The Drip!
Keeping your water flow is a simple tip but is often forgotten. Keep your faucets dripping warm water through the night to prevent a solid freeze in your pipes. Making sure there is a flow will ensure the pipes do not reach maximum pressure and bust. We must combine this with insulation, to completely prevent the problem in harsh conditions.
Be sure to let all faucets, hoses drip throughout the freeze period. It may sound expensive to let the water run all the time, but it’s better than dealing with a slab leak or mold.
Speaking of outside, don’t forget to cap your water hose spigot with a foam cover. You can find these just about anywhere, but it’s locally cheapest at Grainger.
How To Defrost Your Pipes
Oh no! You forgot to do the preventative steps before the winter came or you thought it was behind us. Now your pipes are frozen, and your water is trickling in. There are a few options we can do. First, you want to make sure your pipe did not break. Busted pipes are usually visible, but if they are still frozen or under the house, they can be hard to find. After a solid freeze, make sure to have a plumber check your home for leaks. It’s usually less than one hundred dollars and well worth it to keep your home dry and mold-free.
Next, find the ice and melt what you can with a hair dryer or other low heat tools. Do not us torches or other fire-producing tools as they are dangerous and will only make the problem worse. Be clear of any water when using electrical tools.