How to prevent frozen pipes this winter
If you’re going away for the winter or just worried in general about your pipes freezing, you are not alone. We thought we’d give you a few top tips on how to prevent your pipes from freezing
Keep your garage door closed (if have one)
Keep your garage door closed throughout the winter, especially if there is some sort of water supply line going into or located in the garage. This will stop any cold air getting into your pipes and causing them to freeze.
Open kitchen and bathroom cabinet doors
You should open your cabinet doors overnight or when you are nipping out to allow warmer air to circulate around the plumbing and piping area.
Let the cold water drip from the tap
Allowing water to just trickle helps prevent pipes from freezing.
Keep the thermostat set to the same temperature
Throughout the day and night, you should keep your thermostat on the same temperature. A lot of people tend to turn their thermostat down in the night to save money, but this could be a huge benefactor to you and others health.
If you plan to be away during cold weather
If you plan on going away whilst cold weather is in your area, it is recommended that you should leave your heating on no lower than 12 degrees.
For the long-term, add insulation
Alongside these heating tips, a well-known heating tip is to make sure you have insulation fitted into your home. Especially in attics, basements and crawl spaces to avoid any small breezes creeping in. Adding insulation to your home will not only maintain higher temperatures but save you money in the long run. You can prevent breezes by making sure that cracks and seals around the doors and windows and filled in.
If you need any help with plumbing supplies this winter contact us for friendly advice.