When the temperature dips, the risk of frozen pipes increases. Since water expands when it freezes, there is a possibility that the pipes will burst and cause costly damage. Winterize your home and protect your pipes from cold-weather damage with these tips.
Before the Cold Weather Hits
- Check your home for drafts. If you find drafts, seal them with caulk.
- Insulate the pipes with pipe sleeves or heat tape. You can also use newspaper in areas where the temperatures don’t stay below freezing for long periods of time.
- Drain and store outdoor hoses. Also, drain the water from the outside hose bibs.
- Drain the water from your swimming pool and sprinklers.
- Insulate your attic, crawl space and basement.
Once the Cold Weather Hits
- Keep the garage door closed if there are water supply lines in the area.
- Keep the thermostat set at the same temperature all day and night on the coldest days.
- Let the water trickle from the faucets when the temperatures are extreme.
- Leave the cabinet doors open so warm air can circulate.
If your pipes freeze, try thawing them with a hair dryer. If there is standing water in the area, don’t use the hair dryer because you may get electrocuted. If the dryer doesn’t work, turn on the faucet and call a plumber.
If you are in the Spokane, Washington area, contact Accurate Insurance Inc. to see how a homeowners insurance policy can help protect you from the financial burden of frozen pipes.