Winter is here! With the cold weather that this season can bring, this can cause water pipes to freeze. This can create a lot of pressure inside the pipe and cause the pipe to burst. As a result, serious flooding can occur, particularly when there is no one around to turn off the water. Therefore, we have put together a few tips on how to prevent your pipes from freezing this winter.
How to Prevent Your Pipes from Freezing
It is a common misconception that frozen pipes are only an issue for homes in typically cold climates and snowy weather. However, the homes that are actually more vulnerable to frozen pipes are those in generally warmer climates like Texas. This is because the pipes may not have proper insulation against the frigid temperatures. Or, they may be located in unprotected areas (or even outdoors). Abnormally cold weather in the Bryan/College Station area can put these pipes at risk. Here are a few tips on how to prevent your pipes from freezing this winter:
Add Insulation Wherever Possible
Ideally, none of your home’s plumbing will be exposed to freezing temperatures. However, it is sometimes necessary for water pipes to be routed through unheated areas.
Thankfully, adding insulation can make a significant difference. You can add insulation to either your home’s structure in these particular locations or directly to pipes.
Winterize Outdoor Faucets
Outdoor spigots are one type of plumbing fixture that are always exposed to freezing temperatures each winter. While these can be convenient in the warmer months for connecting garden hoses and filling watering cans, these faucets can freeze if not properly winterized.
You can winterize your faucets by shutting off the water supply to the faucet inside the house. Then, you can open the spigot outside.
Allow Faucets to Drip
It may feel wrong to open faucets and allow them to drip since it goes against all advice you hear about saving money and water. However, allowing a vulnerable tap (one that is served by exposed piping) to run just slightly can prevent a burst pipe.
There is no guarantee that this small flow will keep the pipe to the faucet from freezing. However, it does provide pressure relief. Excessive pressure built up between an ice blockage and a closed tap is one of the most common causes of burst pipes
Reprogram Your Thermostat
Many homeowners will often set their thermostats to lower the temperature when they are sleeping or no one is there to save money.
However, when it is cold outside, it is actually better to keep your thermostat set to a consistent warm temperature instead of allowing the temperature in your home to drop at various times during the day or night.
While you will potentially spend a few more dollars on your heating bill, that is a bargain when comparing to the possibility of having a burst pipe from a freeze.
Address Any Plumbing Issues You’re Having Now
Now is the time to address any plumbing issues you have. If you’re experiencing low water pressure, leaky faucets or small leaks in pipes anywhere in your home, take action before freezing temperatures make repairs more difficult and expensive.
If you notice any plumbing issues in your home, contact our plumbers at College Station Plumbing with the link below to schedule an appointment with us today!