Prevent Frozen Pipes

Posted by: on January 7, 2015

How to prevent frozen pipes:

  • Do not set your home’s thermostat lower than 55⁰ F.
  • If the temperature outside is going to drop extremely low, you may want to consider not dropping the temperature at all during the evening/early morning hours and setting the home to 68⁰ F until the cold weather passes.
  • Open cabinet doors below kitchen and bathroom sinks to let warm air circulate around the exposed pipes.
  • If a faucet is close to pipes with a high potential for freezing (pipes that run through crawl spaces, garages, or exterior walls) set it to a slow drip.
  • Insulate any pipes that are exposed to cold air such as in the crawl space, garage, or similarly non-heated areas.
  • Disconnect and drain garden hoses, turn off the exterior spigots’ shut-off valves, open the line, and insulate the spigot and/or shut-off valve.
  • Make sure all windows, doors, garage doors, chimney flues, attic vents, and crawl space vents are closed tight; you can even weather seal windows for added heat efficiency.

faucet-410171_1280If your pipes have only just frozen, you can thaw them with a hair dryer, warm wet towels, or a portable heating unit. You may have to open multiple faucets to find out where the blockage is. Do not blow torch or use open flames on your pipes. Always use common sense and precaution when operating blow dryers or portable heaters; follow manufactures instructions.

If your pipes burst, the first step is to turn off the water at your emergency shut-off valves. Locate these before the freeze so you can be prepared.

Tennessee doesn’t often have weather this cold so be proactive and your home will withstand the cold temps with no problems at all.

If you have any issues, don’t hesitate to call our 24-7 Emergency Line for water damage. We hope you all stay safe and warm out there!

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