5 Ways to Prevent Frozen Pipes
Preventing frozen pipes is easier – and cheaper – than fixing the damage they cause. Protect your pipes, the cold weather has arrived!
• Protect Outdoor Water Sources Remove garden hoses from outdoor water facets. Faucets are unable to drain properly when a hose is attached, which can lead to faucets freezing and breaking. After hoses are removed, cover all exterior faucets. Faucet covers are inexpensive, easy to install, and can be reused year after year. Some homes also have water shut-off values that allow you to turn off water to outside faucets. If your home has an exterior shut off value, turn off the water and drain pipes.
• Insulate Pipes Insulate pipes near your crawlspace, attic, and the exterior walls of your home. This is where the chance of freezing is greatest. Pipes can be insulated in a number of ways, including using snap-on foam insulation or UL approved heat tape. Be sure to follow manufacturers’ installation instructions. • Turn Up the Thermostat Keep your home heated to 55 °F or higher and open kitchen and bathroom cabinet doors to allow warm air to circulate around the plumbing.
• Leave Water Running Turn on hot and cold faucets near the exterior walls of your home and allow a small trickle of water to run overnight. This keeps water moving through your pipes and will relieve pressure should they freeze. Stagnant water freezes easier than running water.
• Turn Off Water Supply and Drain System If you will be away from home for an extended period, turn off the main water supply to the home and drain all pipes. We recommend this for those with secondary or vacation homes in Michigan.