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3 Ways To Help Prevent Frozen Pipes

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Frozen pipes are one big, expensive, mess for any homeowner. The cold weather has already hit us, but it’s not too late to take some preventative steps toward keeping your pipes thawed throughout the winter. Here are 3 ways to prevent frozen pipes this winter in your home:

1. Regulate Heating

It might make for a higher heating bill, but making sure you keep the house relatively warm while you’re away will save you a big hassle in the long run. We advise our clients to never let the temperature of their house get under 55 degrees during the winter, even while the house is empty. google down We also recommend that homeowners set their thermostats in a way that will keep the temperature at a consistent level throughout the day and the night. Keeping cabinets and doors open will also help circulate heat throughout the house.

2. Drain Water Sources

If you own a swimming pool or lawn sprinklers, follow the corresponding instructions carefully to ensure that water doesn’t freeze and destroy your systems. It’s also extremely important to remember to detach your outdoor hose from the spigot. The water inside your hose can easily freeze and lead back into the spigot — before you know it, you’ve got frozen pipes!

3. Use Heat Lamps and Heat Tape

Any pipes in exterior walls or in places where the water travels through the foundation are susceptible to freezing. If there are places that you are particularly suspicious of, an easy solution is to purchase a heat lamp and shine it on the targeted areas. Focusing the lamp on the drain in places like your crawlspace or basement are a good way to keep these vulnerable pipes warm. If you have pipes near a thermostat, wrapping the pipes in heat tape can be a good way to go as well.

If you flip on your faucet and all you get is a drip, chances are you’ve got frozen pipes. If you use a heat lamp, electric heat pad, handheld hair dryer, or space heater, it might be your only shot at keeping your pipes from bursting. If you’ve got a situation with frozen pipes or any other home maintenance crisis, call OHI Construction and we’ll take care of you.

 

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