It is only a matter of time until another artic blast freezes up the area. Weather systems like this bring bitter cold and wind chills which could break record low temperatures. Are you prepared to prevent frozen pipes in the event of an arctic blast?
Right now is the time to take preventative measures to ensure your pipes don’t freeze. Frozen pipes and the subsequent water leakage can result in costly damage. And frozen pipes will totally ruin your day as well.
If you have not already taken measures to keep your pipes from freezing, it’s not too late to take those measures. William Raveis Real Estate, your real estate agency in Bath, offers tips on how to prevent frozen pipes.
You can keep unprotected pipes from freezing simply by placing an electric heater near them. Just keep in mind that the goal is to keep the pipes unfrozen, not to make the space toasty warm.
Open Cabinet Doors
Often, pipes that run into the kitchen sink are close to an exterior wall. These pipes are vulnerable to freezing if the wall is not well-insulated. It is a good idea to open the cabinet doors to project heat into the space. As an extra measure of protection, you could put a space heater in front of the cabinets as well.
To keep pipes from freezing, have a heating cable installed. There are several types of heating cables including tape that wraps around the pipes. Find what you think will work best for your situation and keep your pipes from freezing.
If you have a big area to protect from the cold, foam boards will work quite well. If you have never worked with foam boards before, it is quite easy. All you need to do is measure the space you want to protect, mark those measurements on the foam board and score with a utility knife.
Go to your nearest Home Depot or Lowes and pick up a package or two of unfaced fiberglass insulation. While you are there, pick up a dust mask, coveralls and work gloves. Don this protective gear and roll out the insulation in your crawl space and start cutting and covering up any exposed pipes.
Turn Up The Heat
If you are worried about frozen pipes, turn up the heat in your house. Don’t worry about your heating bill, a high heating bill is better than broken pipes in your house.
Allow The Faucets To Drip
Open the faucets fed by pipes you think could freeze so that the faucet drips slightly. This will relieve pressure in the pipes and will minimize the chances of your pipes freezing.
Seal Up Cracks
Seal any gaps you find where pipes run through walls and floors. Use a spray foam insulation or caulk to fill in the gaps. If at all possible, seal the gaps on both the interior and exterior side of the wall or floor.
Discover your future property and make it yours by turning to the professionals at William Raveis Real Estate. We look forward to serving you. Call now to begin.