Keeping Pipes From Bursting During Cool Temperatures

24 February 2016
 Categories: Construction & Contractors, Blog


If you are a homeowner, you most likely know the importance in maintaining various systems in your household so you do not experience unfortunate downtime. The piping system in your home is one system you will want to take extra care in protecting during frigid temperatures so frozen water inside does not cause them to burst. Here are some steps you can take to keep your piping system in working order throughout cold temperatures.

Shut Off Your Outdoor Supply Valve

If you have piping leading to the exterior of your home for utilizing a garden hose, it is best to turn off the interior valve. Take off your garden hose and store it in your garage or a shed until weather becomes warmer. Turn on the valve near the spigot you had just removed the hose from. This will allow any water trapped in the piping to drip outside when temperatures rise. Keeping one valve open will also keep the pipes from bursting since there will be less pressure when frozen water trapped inside expands.

Add A Layer Of Insulation

When cooler weather is imminent, it is a good idea to protect your piping with a layer of insulation. Head to your local hardware store and pick up piping insulation to wrap around any pipes in your garage, crawl space, basement or other areas where heating is not present. Piping insulation comes in sleeves made of foam or in a tape form. If you are unable to get to a store, newsprint or cloth items can be wrapped around pipes when you know weather will be especially cold.

Keep Pipes Exposed To Stay Warm

When you see temperatures are expected to be below freezing, open up the cabinets under your sinks to allow heat to warm them to stop the chance of bursting. Keep your garage door closed during chilly weather in an attempt to salvage some of the heat inside. 

Allow Water To Drip

During cold snaps, it is best to keep cold water faucets dripping. This will allow a constant flow within the piping system, helping to keep bursts from occurring. Water sitting inside pipes without movement will be at a higher risk of freezing. A slow trickle is all that is needed to keep pipes from freezing during inclement temperatures.

Keep Interior Temperatures Steady

Instead of turning down your heat during times you will not be at home or when you plan on sleeping, keep your thermostat set at a constant temperature. This will allow pipes to stay warm instead of putting them at risk of freezing due to the fluctuation in temperatures of the air hitting them inside the home.