Keeping the pipes of your home from freezing during the Winter season shouldn’t have to come with a high price tag or work load.
Without prevention, the cold harsh weather can cause pipes to leak or crack, leaving behind coldness and other problems for your home. With a few simple preventive measures, your home can be better protected from this unfortunate side effect of Winter.
Here are 7 tips to follow to keep your pipes warm all Winter long.
1.) When it’s really cold outside, keep the cabinets underneath you kitchen sink open so the warmth of the room’s air can keep the pipes warm.
2.) Use rigid foam insulation to close and seal all of your foundational vents that are near your water pipes.
3.) While you’re at it with the rigid foam insulation, cover your walls and ends of your floor joints for maximum insulation.
4.) You can also have all of the walls of your home insulated. You can easily do this by caulking and sealing your windows and doors, faucets, and outdoor outlets.
5.) If you have access to the crawl space of your home from the inside, you can use a fan to blow the warm air towards the foundation.
This isn’t recommended for crawl spaces that are in unheated garages or other areas outside of the home.
6.) Making sure there are no combustible materials in the area, you can use a lamp with a 60 watt bulb in the problem area to keep it warm.
7.) Sometimes pipes may freeze on the inside of one of your exterior walls. If this is the case, you can cut a slight opening in the wall for the pipes to be exposed to the warm air of your home. Use fiberglass insulation to cover the areas behind and in the middle of the pipes, and the rest of the wall.