Winter is right around the corner and it’s going to bring low temperatures with it.
During this time, it is not uncommon to see that your plumbing system will become frozen. Pipes contain water which can freeze whenever the temperature drops. This is an issue even in warm, temperate environments. In certain places, the weather can drop unexpectedly, causing the pipes to freeze.
The frozen water also expands, pushing against the pipe’s size. When it melts, it contracts into liquid form. This cycle of expansion and contraction can be unhealthy for your pipe. It can contribute to making your pipes more likely to burst.
In this case, you should try preventative measures to keep the pipes healthy and prevent them from getting damaged:
- Use Some Heating Tape
It is a good idea to invest in some heating tape for use on your pipes. This works like an electric blanket and starts to warm the pipes directly. These are perfect for use on short areas of the pipe which are at higher risk of freezing.
Heating tape can be found in two different variations – one comes with an auto-shut off button whereas the other has to be manually plugged in. While they are simple to use, improper use can make this tape very dangerous. Always pay attention to the directions in order to use them safely.
- Allowing Your Faucet to Drip
Leaving the tap on might appear counterproductive. It also seems like you are wasting a lot of money. However, the small steady drip of the faucet will keep the water flowing and prevent it from collecting in the pipes. It also relieves any pressure caused on the pipelines caused by water freezing and making blockages.
In the long run, this method helps to prevent the pipe from cracking or bursting. If you have a two pipe system faucet, make sure to turn on the taps for both hot and cold. For single water systems, you only have turn on the one tap and leave it to drip slowly.
- Improve Insulation
It is a good idea to check the insulation system you are using. In certain areas like the basement or attic, your pipelines might be exposed and more susceptible for freezing and bursting. Poor insulation often means that these areas of the house are among the first to get affected by dropping temperatures.
With proper insulation, these temperature drops will not affect them as much. Additionally, if you have insulated all the areas, just throw the door of the sink cabinets open to let the warm indoor air cycle through the pipes over there.
It can help you to prevent any pipes from bursting and you don’t have to deal with expensive repairs in winter.
By being vigilant and paying attention to the pipes, many people can ensure that their pipe lines are in good condition.
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