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Worried About Frozen Pipes? 3 Key Precautions

If you’re worried about frozen pipes becoming an issue this winter, then you may just be in luck. While having your pipes freeze over can certainly be a major hassle, there are several simple measures you can take to prevent this from occurring, both before and after the temperature starts to really drop in your area.

Before it gets cold:

  • Insulate your pipes. Perhaps the most effective measure you can take, regardless of how cold a climate you live in, is to thoroughly insulate your pipes. Remember, pipes that are exposed are always more susceptible to the cold, and the more insulation you add, the less likely they are to freeze. This means pipes in your attic and crawl spaces should be the highest priority.
  • Wrap your pipes in heat tape. You can also take heat tape, or some type of thermostatically controlled heat cable, and carefully wrap it around the pipes that are most susceptible to freezing.
  • Locate and seal any air leaks. If you’ve got significant amounts of cold air leaking into your home, you have significantly more reason to be worried about frozen pipes. Examine your home for any air leaks that may be present. The most important places to check are near your pipes, electrical wiring and dryer vents. Any leaks you find should be sealed with caulk, foam insulation or weatherstripping.

After the temperature drops:

  • Leave a trickle of cold water going. As amazing as it seems, sometimes leaving a slow trickle of cold water running through your faucets at night can be enough to ward off frozen pipes.
  • Open up cabinet doors. Sometimes, pipes located within your cabinets and wall will be blocked off from receiving the benefits of your home’s warm air. To remedy this, consider leaving cabinet doors open overnight, as this allows heat to reach more reclusive areas.

If you’re worried about frozen pipes this winter, consider these measures, and for HVAC needs in the Fayetteville area, contact us at Blanton’s Heating & A/C.