The peak winter season is upon us and with it comes the risk of cold weather damaging our homes. Plumbing is one of the most vulnerable areas in our homes during cold snaps. Pipes can freeze and burst, causing serious damage and expense to repair. There are simple ways to keep your pipes from freezing and keep your home safe.
1. Keep the temperature in your home constant. During cold snaps, it’s important to keep your thermostat at a constant temperature of over 12°C.
2. Insulate all exposed piping. This can include the attic, basement, or any other area that is not heated. Insulating your pipes will help keep them warm and protect them from the cold.
3. Let cold water drip from the taps in frosty weather. This will help the water flow and reduce the chance of clogging.
4. Cold drafts can cause the pipes to freeze. So make sure all windows and doors are properly sealed. This helps keep the warm air in your home and protects your pipes from freezing.
If your pipes freeze, don’t panic. There are a few things you can do to safely thaw them. Turn up the heat in your house and open closet doors that have pipes on them to warm them up quickly. Try using an electric heating pad, hot water bottle, or towels soaked in hot water to thaw the pipes. If you can’t find the blockage, call a plumber for help.
Do not use an open flame or other heat source to thaw a frozen tube as this could cause a fire or explosion. By following these steps, you can protect your home and pipes in cold weather. These precautions will help protect your plumbing from winter damage to warm the frozen pipe.
If you need a plumber in the Chicagoland area, Omega Plumbing is your solution. Call us at 815-773-0808 to plan your next plumbing project.
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