Are you worried about having your pipes freeze while you are away visiting family during the holidays this year? If so, it helps to know what you can do to prevent this problem from happening to you.
Don't Turn Off Your Thermostat
As tempting as it may be to turn off your thermostat when you are gone for a long time, that potential energy savings could cost you in emergency plumbing repairs. You cannot predict where the temperature is going to be for the week or two while you are away from home, and if temperatures drop below zero, you could end up with a very cold home. The last thing you want to happen is to have frozen pipes due to an effort to save a few bucks.
Never turn off your thermostat when you are going to be away from home. Consider putting it at a much lower setting, but don't turn it off completely. Your goal should be to keep the home warm enough so that all areas, even those behind walls and in unfinished basements, don't fall below freezing temperatures.
Insulate Exposed Pipes
You may not have access to the pipes behind the walls, but there are pipes that are likely exposed in your basement that can benefit from some insulation. Applying foam insulation to a water pipe is a simple task that you can do on your own with only a few dollars' worth of material from your local home improvement store. Not only will insulating your hot and cold water pipes help prevent them from freezing, but it will also help reduce heat loss in the hot water pipes during the rest of the year and save you money.
Open Cabinet Doors
You likely have pipes in your kitchen and bathrooms that are hidden behind cabinet doors. That air inside the cabinet is going to get cold if it is not seeing the air circulation from your HVAC system. You'll want to open up these doors so that the hot air can get inside, raising the temperature of the water that is stagnant within the pipe. Every bit of heat helps, especially if that sink is on an exterior wall that will get really cold during the winter.
Let Faucets Drip
Another option is to let a faucet in your home drip a small amount of water while you are away. You'll want to open it up just enough to get the water moving, which prevents the water from freezing.
For more tips, contact a business like Roto Rooter.
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