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Preventing Frozen Pipes

iStock_000024662431_LargeAs you know, when water freezes – it expands. If water begins to freeze in your pipes and expands enough, your pipes may burst. With the severe winter weather we get here in Colorado, the fear of frozen pipes is not far fetched. Cold spells can wreak havoc on home plumbing due to the quick dips in temperature, but poor insulation and setting thermostats too low should also be taken into account.

The good news is, there are steps you can take to prevent such mishaps this season:

  • Keep your home heated at a constant temperature of at least 65 degrees. Inside your walls where your pipes are located, is substantially colder than the walls themselves. Setting a thermostat lower than 65 degrees will not prevent inside the walls from freezing.

  • Add extra insulation where necessary. Check your home’s crawl spaces and attic, anywhere there may be exposed pipes. Wrap susceptible pipes with heat tape.

  • Disconnect any garden hoses before the severe weather really hits. If possible, use an indoor valve to shut off and drain water from any pipes that lead to your outdoor faucets.

  • Seal all air leaks that let the cold air in where pipes are located.

  • Keep cabinet doors open below sinks. Since most plumbing runs underneath cupboards, keeping the doors open when it snows or freezes can help circulate warm air.

Despite your best efforts, if your pipes do freeze this season, don’t panic as they may not of yet burst. You may be able to thaw a pipe with warm air from a hair dyer. However should the damage be done, make sure everyone in your household knows where the main shutoff valve is located and how to close it.

Then, give the experts at Patterson Plumbing & Heating a call. Our team has helped Pueblo homes since the fall of 1984 and know that you and your home deserve to be treated with respect.

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