How To Stop Your Pipes From Freezing This Winter!
by Becci Harris
Posted in Uncategorized on Dec 01, 2017
Many people mistakenly believe that frozen pipes are only a problem for those in much colder climates but this simply is not the case! It's actually homes that are typically in warmer climates that are more vulnerable to frozen pipes because the pipes may not be properly insulated against such frigid temperatures.
Frozen pipes prevent water flow, and can eventually burst, causing damage and potential flooding, however, there are steps that you can take to prevent this happening.
Here we tell you some of the things you can do to prevent your pipes from freezing:
- Allow Faucet to drip
This can actually keep a frozen pipe from bursting. The pressure created between the blockage and the faucet is what causes a pipe to burst. Allowing the faucet to be open will relieve the pressure in the system, preventing it from building up, which in turn will keep the pipe from bursting.
- Keep the Heat on
Keeping the heat on can help to prevent pipes from freezing. It doesn't have to be kept on high, but just keeping it at 50 degrees Fahrenheit should provide enough heat to keep the pipes warm and prevent any water inside from freezing., as if the pipes do freeze and burst, it can cause a lot of water damage.
- Insulate Pipes in the attic
Exposed pipes are more likely to freeze so insulating these can help to prevent this.
- Leave doors open on kitchen and bathroom cabinets
This will allow warmer air to circulate and reach pipes under sinks and in adjacent outside walls.
- Turn off water supply to outside taps
Turn off the mains water at the stopcock unless you have a combi boiler that requires constant mains pressure.
If you think your pipes may have frozen, contact Harris Heating on 0113 250 53 75 today or visit our website!