Baltimore homeowners are no strangers to cold weather. Catching a Ravens game can turn into a pretty chilly experience late in the season. With colder months just around the corner, take steps now to combat problems the drop in temperature can cause and learn how to prevent frozen pipes.
Plumbing problems during winter most commonly occur when pipes freeze. Not only can it be costly to fix broken pipes and the resulting water damage, but it can inconvenience your attempts to accomplish everyday tasks. The last thing you want is to be prevented from taking a hot shower on a cold winter day. This year, do yourself a favor by taking preventive steps to protect your pipes from the cold temperatures. Here are a few ways to prevent frozen pipes.
Give your pipes another layer
You wouldn't walk outside in the middle of winter without a coat. Just like you, the pipes in your home could stand to gain from an added layer of protection from the cold temperatures. Pay special attention to this tip when dealing with pipes that are most exposed to the cold air. Think of any piping you'll find near the outer walls in your home and exposed pipes in an unfinished basement or garage, for starters. Add a layer of insulation or thermal tape and you will significantly lower the chances of your pipes freezing. Learn more about protecting your plumbing all year round with our helpful seasonal plumbing tips.
Let your faucets drip
You can take a big step in preventing frozen pipes by simply allowing your faucets to constantly drip. Don't leave the water running heavily, but a drop every few seconds will ensure water flow in your pipes. That small movement of water is usually all it takes to prevent the freezing problem in your plumbing. Apply this advice to the showers in your bathrooms as well as the sinks in your kitchen.
Pay attention to outside
Don't forget about things attached to water sources, like hoses. Disconnect outside water hoses. If left connected, water in the hoses can freeze and expand causing faucets and connecting pipes inside your home to freeze and break. Make necessary repairs to any outside faucets that are dripping to prevent further damage. If your home is equipped with interior shut-off valves leading to outside faucets, close them and drain water from outside lines. Cover outside faucets using a Styrofoam faucet insulation kit available at home centers.
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