Tips to Prevent Frozen Pipes During Winter

1 March 2020   |   by PRIME PLUMBING & HEATING INC   |   Plumbing

As there are a few weeks of winter left, your home is still susceptible to freezing temperatures– and that includes the water and piping system. Frozen water pipes are a common issue and homeowners need to know where to get quality repipe services in Denver.

When Do Frozen Water Pipes Become a Problem?

Once your water pipes become frozen, it can block water flow to the affected outlets. When the pipes cannot accommodate the pressure created by the blockage, they expand and burst. If you are experiencing frozen water pipes and consequently, sewer problems, you need to get sewer repair in Denver CO from a trusted plumber.

Prevention is Key
A sewer repair service in Denver CO due to frozen pipes can cost you $5,000 or more. That’s why preventive measures are important to avoid future headaches. Here are some ways you can protect your water system from freezing:

  • Open the faucets. Outside faucets are the most susceptible to freezing during winter. If you have any outdoor faucets, shut off the water flow and open the faucets to drain the remaining water stocked inside the pipes.
  • Disconnect any hoses. During summer, we connect garden hoses to water our grass. Disconnect them to prevent water pipes from freezing. Drain them first before disconnecting.
  • Keep your water pipes warm. There are water pipes inside your home that are vulnerable to freezing temperatures such as in sink, attics, basements, and crawl spaces. To prevent heat loss from these pipes, the cheapest way is to buy insulating sleeves from the hardware store.
  • Keep the cabinets open. Cold air can accumulate beneath your sink where the kitchen pipes are. That means the chance of having frozen pipes in this area is higher. Leave the cabinet open so the warm air from your heating system circulates inside.
  • Alleviate water pressure. If the weather outside gets extremely cold, you can let the cold water drip from the faucets connected to the exposed water pipe. Running water through the pipe helps prevent it from freezing.

Going on Vacation?
If you plan to be away from home, make sure your house is protected from the cold – including your water pipes.
Set your home's temperature no lower than 55° F, so the pipes don’t freeze. You can also clear the pipes of water by shutting off the main valve and turning on all water fixtures, both hot and cold. By doing this, no water will freeze and damage your water system. Get top-rated services for repipe in Denver! Visit Prime Plumbing & Heating today.

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