Frozen pipes should be avoided as the pipes can burst. This is because when water freezes it expands. The size and strength of the pipe doesn’t matter if water is expanded it will still break the pipe. Broken pipes can be costly to fix so it is important to take precautions to try and prevent this from happening.
The water will freeze in pipes that are located in attics or places near outside walls. So for new homes that are having pipes installed it is necessary that they are placed away from the external walls that are likely to experience the cold temperatures from outside.
Make sure you fill any gaps that are in your homes foundation walls with caulking. If there are extreme cold temperatures you can close or cover the foundation vents.
A good idea to keep your pipes from freezing is to open cabinet doors during the winter months in your kitchen and bathrooms. This may not appear to do much but it will actually help to prevent your pipes from freezing by allowing the warmer air in the room to circulate by the pipes.
Ensure that your sprinkler system and garden hose is drained and disconnected from water during the colder months.
It is good to allow your taps/faucets to trickle some water. This will help to prevent the water in the pipes from freezing. This is because there is a constant flow of water going through the pipes. This constant flow prevents the water that would have been staying in the pipe from dropping in temperature and freezing.
Many homes both old and new can have some cracks or holes that are close to the pipework. Some of these holes can have been created by building contractors to provide passage for wires etc but are unused. If there are unused holes or cracks that are near pipework it can be a good idea to seal these holes. This will help to prevent the pipes from freezing. Make sure you don’t interfere with holes that are required. Also ensure that you get in a qualified professional to carry out this work.
Caulk is a flexible material that can be used to seal window gaps or cracks. This can be added to your windows and doors of your home. It will help to stop colder air from getting into your home and at the same time help to prevent hot air escaping.
During winter months especially when it is colder than freezing outside it can be a good idea to ensure that your heating is on during the night time as well as the day.
Garages can be problem areas for freezing pipes as they can often be unheated and have gaps by the garage doors. If you do have water pipes there do ensure that your garage doors are shut.
Also the pipes can be wrapped with UL approved heat tape which has a built in thermostat to prevent overheating. Make sure you follow any instructions if adding heat tape to pipework.
Please visit the todays home owner website for some more steps on how homeowners can try and prevent their homes pipes from freezing.