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Winter Plumbing Protection: Essential Tips and Tricks to Keep Your Pipes Safe and Sound

House with a pitched roof under the snow

Eric Petschek

Winter is just around the corner, and it’s important to keep your plumbing safe and sound during the chilly season! Here are some awesome tips and tricks to help you protect your pipes from freezing and avoid any plumbing mishaps. Let’s discuss some tips to keep your pipes safe and sound this winter. 

Insulate exposed pipes

 in cold weather, exposed pipes are more prone to freezing. You can use pipe insulation sleeves, wrap them in foam or towels, or both to add security. This aids in heat retention and keeps the pipes from freezing.

Keep a steady temperature

Your pipes may be under stress from fluctuating temperatures, particularly in freezing conditions. It’s crucial to keep your house at a constant temperature, even when you’re gone. The pipes are kept warm and are kept from freezing thanks to this.

Let faucets drip

 Allowing faucets to trickle gently can help release pressure in the pipes when temperatures drop below freezing. This keeps the water from freezing and expanding, which could cause a pipe to explode. It’s an easy technique to protect your pipes from damage over the winter.

House with a pitched roof under the snow

Disconnect outdoor hoses

 Before winter arrives, it’s important to disconnect and drain outdoor hoses. If you leave them attached, any water remaining in the hoses can freeze and expand, causing damage to both the hoses and the connected pipes. Make sure to store the hoses properly until you need them again.

Install Towel Warmer Rack

During cold weather, pipes can freeze and potentially burst, causing costly damage. By installing a towel warmer rack in your bathroom, the gentle heat it provides can help prevent freezing in nearby pipes. The warmth from the rack can help maintain a more consistent temperature in the bathroom, reducing the risk of frozen pipes. It’s important to note that towel warmer rack are not a foolproof solution for preventing frozen pipes, especially in extreme cold temperatures. Additional measures, such as insulating exposed pipes or allowing faucets to drip, may be necessary for optimal pipe protection.

Seal gaps and cracks

Inspect your home for any gaps or cracks near pipes, especially in areas like basements, crawl spaces, or attics. These gaps can allow cold air to reach the pipes and increase the risk of freezing. Use caulk or insulation to seal these gaps and keep the pipes protected.

Open cabinet doors

 If you have pipes inside cabinets, such as under the sink, open the cabinet doors during cold weather. This allows warm air from your home to circulate the pipes, keeping them at a higher temperature and reducing the chances of freezing.

Be cautious with heat sources

While it’s important to keep your pipes warm, it’s equally important to use caution with heat sources. Keep flammable items away from space heaters, radiators, or other heat sources. Never use open flames or high heat to try to thaw frozen pipes, as this can cause damage or even fire. If you have frozen pipes, it’s best to call a professional plumber for assistance.