5 Ways to Prevent Frozen Pipes

The best defense is a good offense! That advice may be more commonly heard in football, but that doesn’t mean you can’t apply it to other areas of life as well. When it comes to preparing for winter, there are many steps to take and tasks to complete. Scheduling heater maintenance helps keep your energy bills down and prevents premature breakdowns, but many homeowners won’t think of the other essential home system: Their plumbing.

How to Avoid Frozen Pipes this Season

Setting up your plumbing for winter is fairly simple and can save you a ton of money and headaches in the long run. Keep reading to learn our plumbers best tips for your home:

Prepare for the Cold

Preparation is half the battle. Insulation can make or break your season, so take some time now to locate all areas with exposed pipes. Common areas may include the garage, under kitchen and bathroom sinks, and in the basement. You can use old newspaper to DIY insulation for your plumbing, or you can purchase foam sleeves from any hardware store. If you have outdoor faucets, make sure to remove hoses and drain the water inside before insulating.

After the Freeze Hits

Preparing your home for cold weather is one thing, but how do you take care of your home once the cold hits?

  • Open faucets when going out of town. Allowing your faucets to drip slightly keeps water moving through the pipes and makes it harder for them to freeze.
  • Keep the heat set to a minimum of 55 degrees Fahrenheit at all times.
  • Open cabinets in the bathroom and kitchen to keep the pipes warmer.

Got frozen pipes? Bailey Plumbing Heating Cooling can help! Contact our team of expert plumbers if you’re in need of repairs or repiping this winter. (800) 717-1793