Cold Weather

Cold Weather Tips for Preventing Frozen Pipes

Below are a few tips to help prevent frozen pipes in your home.

Insulate pipes: Insulate hot and cold water pipes in the crawlspace under your house as well as in the basement, and exterior walls with snap-on foam insulation. Make sure the foam insulation fits tightly without gaps. Apply duct tape to joints in insulation, and miter foam around elbows, so the joints in pipes are completely covered.
Heat pipes: Consider wrapping problem pipes with UL-approved heat tape that has a built-in thermostat to prevent overheating. Follow the instructions that come with heat tape carefully to keep from creating a fire hazard.
Drip faucets: Drip both hot and cold water at faucets in kitchen and bathroom. This not only keeps water moving through the pipes, but relieves built-up water pressure in the pipes if they should freeze. Set single lever faucets in the center so both hot and cold lines drip.
Check for leaks: Once the weather has warmed up, turn off any dripping faucets and monitor the water meter for any unseen leaks. If any of the pipe froze during the cold weather they will start to leak as the weather warms up.

If you run into any water clean-up issues Call AdvantaClean today at 877-800-2382 promptly!