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How To Keep Your Pipes from Freezing

12/23/2021 (Permalink)

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What To Do If Your Pipes Freeze

As the weather gets colder, the possibility of frozen pipes in your Fall City, WA, home becomes a real concern. If you have a pipe freeze, the water inside can expand and the pipe can burst. Luckily, if you follow the steps outlined below, you have a good chance of preventing this problem from ever happening.

1. Insulate

Any pipes in unheated places, like basements and crawlspaces, should be wrapped in insulation such as fiberglass or foam rubber sleeves. Use as much insulation as you can.

2. Maintain a Stable Temperature

Keeping the temperature the same all the time also helps prevent frozen pipes. Having the thermostat set to at least 55 degrees Fahrenheit will not only help keep the pipes from freezing, but it will also prevent contraction and expansion, which can weaken pipes and cause them to leak.

3. Keeps Faucets Running

Let your faucets run at a slow drip when the weather gets cold. This can prevent pipes from freezing by making sure that pressure doesn't build up inside. Even if the water freezes, it won't be able to cause the pipe to burst.

4. Close Valves, Open Valves

Any valves that supply water to the outside should be closed. Any outside valves should be opened to allow any water that's inside to flow out.

5. If a Frozen Pipe Is Found

If you turn on the faucet during a cold snap and hardly any water comes out, a pipe has probably frozen. Check along the exterior wall to find the pipe, or look to see where the water line comes through the foundation to enter the house. Once the problem area is located, use a heating pad or a hair dryer to warm up the pipe, allowing the water to run while you do it.

If you've already had frozen pipes burst and the water has caused damage to your home, you may want to contact a professional water restoration company to take care of the repairs. Hopefully, this hasn't happened yet, and by following the tips laid out in this article, you won't ever have to make that call.

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