Winter is nearing and temperatures are going to start getting lower and lower. Now is the time to prepare your home for the freezing temperatures to come
The temperature at which pipes begin to freeze is 20 degrees F. Water freezes because the heat in the water is transferred into the colder air. The best way to keep pipes from freezing is to slow or stop the transfer of heat.
Great Tips to Keep in Mind
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1. Vulnerable pipes that are accessible should be fitted with insulation sleeves or wrapping. This will slow the heat transfer. You can find these at any home supply store.
2. Any cracks or holes in outside walls or your foundation near water pipes should be filled with caulking.
3. Keep cabinet doors cracked open slightly on particularly cold nights, especially if they have water pipes inside. This will allow warm air circulate around the pipes.
4. Letting a faucet drip slowly can prevent a burst in pipe, but not the water inside the pipe from freezing. The small flow will relieve the excessive pressure between any ice blockage and faucet.
5. If you plan on being gone from the house for a holiday trip, don’t lower the thermostat beyond what would be comfortable if you were staying home. Also, you could turn off your water main and then turn on all water faucets. Be aware that there will still probably be water in drain lines as well as toilet tanks and bowls.