Nothing puts the damper on a pleasant winter day like a burst pipe - especially when everyone in the neighborhood is experiencing burst pipes, and your plumber is working overtime to solve the problem. Burst pipes can cause a remarkable amount of water damage and leave homes nearly uninhabitable. They're a lot easier to prevent than to deal with after-the-fact, and the secret to prevention is good insulation.
Preventing Frozen Pipes
Even if you live somewhere that the temperature rarely drops below freezing, it's important to have your pipes insulated so they're ready for that abnormally cold day. Don't skimp on the insulation, either. Spray foam insulation often offers the best protection, since it has an high R-value and you only need a thin layer to successfully insulate your pipes.
Also make sure you seal any air leaks near the area where your pipes are located. Cold air blowing in from outside and past your pipes increases their chances of freezing. Seal these air gaps with spray foam insulation or caulk.
Some Tips For the Coldest Days
Properly insulating your pipes and sealing off air gaps should prevent your pipes from freezing on standard winter days, but when the temperature drops seriously low, there are a few other precautionary steps you can take:
- If you have pipes behind your kitchen cabinets, keep the cabinets open so the pipes stay warmer.
- Don't turn your thermostat down at night or when you leave your home. Keep your house at at least 65 degrees F at all times to minimize the risk of frozen or burst pipes.
- Keep your faucet on a slow trickle of hot water to protect your pipes from freezing overnight.
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