As most of you know the major part of the United States is being blanketed by arctic temperatures right now. The low today in my town was 3 degrees with a wind chill factor of -15. The same is expected for tomorrow.
While watching the local news a report came on about how homeowners could avoid frozen pipes during this extreme cold spell. I had been concerned about this myself since this is my first time dealing with such low temperatures as a homeowner. I wrote them down and thought I would share with all of you.
Here are the recommendations from the licensed plumber that was interviewed.
- Drip your faucets to avoid sitting water from freezing
- Keep your vanity or kitchen sink doors open to get the heat from the house in there
- Do not lower your thermostat before going to bed. Normally I do this but the advice is to keep the house warm so that the pipes stay warm in this extreme cold.
- Pull down blinds on windows to conserve heat
- Insulate your pipes in the basement to prevent pipes from bursting
- Know where the water main shutoff valve is located. So in case you have a pipe that bursts you can shut it down quickly.
I followed these tips last night and so far no frozen pipes at my house. Knock on wood! I had previously insulated some of my pipes so that was one less thing I had to do from the list. We have another night of below freezing temperatures (right now it’s 10 degrees outside and it feels like -7) and I plan on following these tips again. It’s always good to have these tips on hand for whenever a cold spell hits.
I hope these tips help you avoid frozen pipes in your home. Please share these tips with others and stay warm!
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