Preventing frozen pipes will help keep your pipes from bursting. This means you won’t wake up in the middle of night hearing gushing water or go down to your basement to discover an icicle hanging from the pipes. This can also save you money in the long run.
Turn Up the Heat: Many people, especially when they go out of town, turn off the heat or turn it down to save money. If you allow your house to go below 55 degrees, it can cause your pipes to freeze. Keeping your home at a reasonable temperature, to prevent frozen pipes, will help you avoid the cost of having your pipes burst.
Leave a Little Water Flowing: Its okay to leave both the cold and hot water on just a little, so there is a constant flow of the water in the pipes, to help prevent them from freezing. Although it may seem counterintuitive, this does help. The hot water should be run at a slow dribble, and the cold water should run at a slightly faster rate. You should only need to this when the temperatures get down into the 20s or below.
Insulate Pipes to Protect Them: If you know where your exposed pipes are, take some extra care and insulate them, or heat the area where these at-risk pipes are located. Many common pipes that burst are in garages, uninsulated outdoor walls, and crawl spaces. If you put pipe insulators around vulnerable pipes, it can help reduce the chance of freezing. You can also use space heaters in at-risk areas, which can help keep the temperature at a decent level. However, space heaters can come with their own risks. You won’t be able to insulate all the pipes in a plumbing system, but you can get the ones that are exposed and accessible. It shouldn’t be expensive to prevent a lot of damage later.