Make Frozen Plumbing Winter’s “Pipe” Dream
The weather may still be relatively mild for this time of year, but as we Connecticut residents know all too well, that intense New England cold can make its surprise return at any moment. Whenever the temperature reaches sudden and/or extreme lows, pipes are prone to freezing. Because your plumbing is so essential to your daily activities like washing dishes, showering and laundry, frozen pipes are both a major inconvenience and a potential hazard. Here are some important tips:
- Keep the temperature in your house above 60 degrees and check the indoor temperature twice daily, once in the morning and once at night.
- Drain water from your sprinklers and outdoor hoses. Leaving water in pipes that lead to your swimming pool or sprinklers often leads to frozen pipes.
- Keep your garage doors closed.
- During periods of extreme cold, open kitchen and bathroom cabinets to allow heated air to reach the pipes. Let water drip slightly; even a minimal flow of water through a pipe can prevent freezing.
- Wrap your pipes in insulation – this method can keep the pipes in the unheated areas of your home, such as the basement, crawl space, attic or garage, from getting cold enough to freeze.
- If you’re going on vacation, ask a friend or neighbor to inspect your pipes daily.