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Tips To Help Prevent Freezing Pipes

1/4/2019 (Permalink)

The weather here in Houston can and has been rather tricky. In those times of freezing weather, the home can become a victim of freeze created leaks. Because the frozen water expands and can crack the copper tubing, not only do you have little to no water supply, but when the pipes do thaw out, there could be a severe level of leakage to repair.

Tips to Help Prevent Pipes from Freezing:

  • Keep all water-supply piping away from outside walls, where it could be exposed to cold winter weather.

    •Insulate pipes in all unheated areas, such as crawl spaces, basement, attic, and garage. Fix the source of any drafts (i.e. dryer vents, bathroom fan vents, windows, etc.) and insulate pipes at risk.
  • Open all faucets, both hot and cold water, to just a trickle, to keep water moving in the pipes to help to prevent icing.

  • Keep doors to all rooms open to allow heat to flow to all areas, which helps to warm the pipes in the walls.
  • Open the cabinets under the kitchen and bathroom sinks so that the warmer air temperature of each room can flow around the plumbing. (Be sure to keep cleaners and other hazardous chemicals away from children and pets.)

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