How To Prevent Frozen Water Pipes

Winter isn’t just snowmen, hot chocolate and ice skating. When winter is at its worst it can mean frozen and burst pipes that lead to thousands of dollars in repairs and water cleanup services. Winterizing your home is a relatively cheap and easy way to ensure your plumbing is in good working order all winter long. Here are a few best practices:

Outdoor Plumbing

It’s always a good idea to disconnect garden hoses and turn off water flow to outdoor faucets when possible. This will keep your faucets free from water buildup that can freeze, expand and crack your indoor plumbing.

Pipe Insulation

Insulating pipes that are exposed to cold winter temperatures is one of the easiest ways to protect your home from winter plumbing problems. The foam pipe sleeves and heat tape needed for this task can be found at your local hardware store. Wrap all exposed pipes that run outside of the heated portion of your home using a generous amount of tape to keep the insulation in place. These pipes can be found primarily in attics, basements and garages.

Regular Maintenance

Winter weather puts a lot of extra pressure on your water heater. Consider having Roto-Rooter perform routine maintenance on your unit. A broken water heater means no hot and warm water, leaving your plumbing especially vulnerable to freezing and bursting.

Protect your plumbing from frigid temperatures with the following 4 steps:

  1. Purchase insulation tubes from your local hardware store
  2. Wrap the exposed pipes
  3. Turn faucets to a slow drip when temperatures fall below freezing
  4. Open cabinets under sinks to let warm air reach the pipes

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If you are already in the middle of a frozen or burst water pipe emergency, call Roto-Rooter immediately for plumbing repair and water cleanup services at 1-800-GET-ROTO, or go here to schedule service.

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