Plumber offers pipe-saving tips frigid weather invades Alabama

PEOPLE? Well, SHERRI, the tricks aren’t really anything new. THERE ARE FOUR MAIN AREAS. YOUR OUTDOOR TAP, YOUR INDOOR TAP, THE PIPES IN YOUR EXTERNAL WALLS AND YOUR Crawling Space. Well, KEVIN GREGOIRE SAYS IF YOU DON’T REALLY HAVE ONE OF THOSE STYROFOAM CAPS FOR YOUR OUTER TOOTH, DON’T WORRY, YOU CAN USE A RAG IN COMBINATION WITH A PLASTIC BAG AND SOME TAPE. You’ll be fine. You’re just trying to keep out the wind and the freezing rain. Well, inside you can open any cabinets on the exterior walls, which will transfer some of the heat in your home to the pipes behind those cabinets. BUT PROBABLY ONE OF THE MOST PROVEN TIPS. IS TO TURN ON ALL YOUR INTERIOR FACTORS IMMEDIATELY. IF YOU HAVE A HOT AND A COLD OPEN, BOTH JUST A LITTLE SOMETHING. BUT IF NOT, JUST OPEN IT A LITTLE BIT. It doesn’t have to be a long, long pour or anything like that. Just enough to keep the water moving and everything flowing. IT’S NOT DEAD. WELL, GREGOIRE SAYS, IF YOU HAVE A CLOTHING SPACE IN YOUR HOME, THE BEST THING TO DO IS CLOSING THE OUTSIDE DOOR. This will prevent those cold temperatures from getting in and actually freezing your pipe from the bottom

Plumber shares tips for saving money on pipes during freezing weather in Alabama

Updated: January 15, 2024, 8:21 p.m. CST

Plumbers offer tried-and-true advice to protect your pipes during freezing temperatures in Alabama. The four main areas include exterior spigots, interior faucets, pipes in exterior walls, and the crawl space of a home. Plumber Kevin Gregoire with Mr. Drippy says if you don’t have a Styrofoam spigot cover, the materials for proper insulation are lying around the house: “A sock and a plastic bag, newspaper and tape.” All you can do to keep them isolated and prevent them from freezing,” Gregoire said. Another thing you can do inside is to open all the cabinets on the outside walls. “If we have pipes on the outside, we want to open them up” and put those cabinets up. That way we can remove that buffer as far as the cold air goes to get some hot air into the outside pipes and help with those things as well,” Gregoire said. Probably the most common advice would be to turn everything on to get your indoor faucets running. “If you have hot and cold water, open them up a little. But if not, open it up a little. It doesn’t have to be a long pour. Just keep the water moving, keep the water flowing so it doesn’t freeze,” he said. Gregoire added if you have a crawl space, make sure you close your exterior door. “We don’t have all the weather outside blowing in there and freezing anything underneath. “But if you don’t have any, of course you don’t have to worry,” he said.

Plumbers offer tried-and-true advice to protect your pipes during freezing temperatures in Alabama.

The four main areas include outdoor taps, indoor faucets, pipes in exterior walls, and the crawl space of a home.

Plumber Kevin Gregoire of Mr. Drippy says if you don’t have a Styrofoam spigot cover, you can find the materials for proper insulation lying around the house.

“A sock and a plastic bag, newspaper and tape. Anything you can do to keep those isolated to prevent them from freezing,” Gregoire said.

Another option indoors is to open all the cabinets on the outside walls.

“If we have pipes on the outside, we want to open those cabinets. That way we can remove that buffer as far as the cold air goes to get some hot air into the outside pipes and help with those things as well,” Gregoire said.

Probably the most common piece of advice would be to keep all indoor faucets on only minimally.

“If you have a hot drink and a cold drink, open them up a little. But if not, open it up a little. It doesn’t have to be a long pour. Just keep the water moving, keep the water flowing so it doesn’t freeze,” he said.

Gregoire added: If you have a crawl space, be sure to close the exterior door.

“We don’t have all the weather outside blowing in there and freezing anything underneath. But of course if you don’t have one, you don’t have to worry,” he said.

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