How To Prevent Frozen Pipes This Winter

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Freezing temperatures can cause all kinds of nasty trouble, from dangerous driving conditions to unwanted home repairs. One of the most common homeowner headaches of the winter are frozen pipes. But this unwanted Merry Christmas migraine can be prevented if you follow five easy steps.

Step #1: Drain It

Chances are you've drained the swimming pool. That's a no brainer. But what about your unused water supply lines? Any amount of water sitting in them could cause a frozen pipe, and as the water expands a crack or break could result.

Your sprinkler system is out of commission during the winter months. So drain your water sprinkler supply lines and any other water supply lines that aren't in regular use.

Step #2: Button Up

All exterior hoses should be removed, drained, and stored for the winter. Be sure to close all inside valves supplying exterior hoses. If left open during a freeze, you could find yourself managing frozen or busted pipes.

Outdoor valves should likewise be cleared, but leave these open. If any water is still inside during a freeze, having left them open will allow the water to expand without causing a break.

Step #3: Scout the Lines

Do you know how many water supply lines are found in unheated areas? Pipes located in the garage, basement, or a crawl space are especially vulnerable to freezing. Any pipes in unheated areas should be well insulated to protect against freezing temperatures.

Step #4: Keep the Heat On

Planning on spending the holidays out of town? Don't forget to keep the heat on.

As tempting as it may be to turn off the furnace for any extended vacation, resist. A home with no heat is at major risk for frozen pipes. Set the thermostat no than 55 degrees, turn off the main water supply, and be sure the system is thoroughly drained by opening all faucets and flushing the toilet.

Step #5: Set the Faucet to a Trickle

A trickle from a faucet can save you from an expensive repair. Prevent frozen pipes by starting a slow drip from the hot side of the faucet with a faster drip on the cold side. You don't need to use a lot of water, just enough to keep a steady, slow trickle.

Freezing temperatures are usually accompanied by snow. Now that you know how to prevent frozen pipes this winter, you can kick back and enjoy the prettier side of wintry weather. Contact a plumber, like Watson Plumbing, with any concerns.

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5 January 2016

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