How to Protect Against Frozen Pipes

The temperature is starting to drop, and before long we’ll be in the middle of winter. It’s important that you prepare your home for the coming cold season now, so you’re not caught unprepared when it hits. One of the most important steps you can take is to protect your pipes from freezing. Read on for some tips on how to avoid having to deal with frozen pipes this winter.

Drain Your Outdoor Pipes

The biggest danger of frozen pipes is that they can rupture, as the water inside them expands. So, in order to prevent your pipes from freezing you need to drain the water from them. Disconnect all hoses from outdoor faucets, shut off the water to them, and leave them open. This allows water to drain out of the pipes, so that there isn’t enough left to rupture them.

Insulate Exposed Pipes

Most of your home’s plumbing pipes are probably either insulated, or centrally located enough that they’re protected from the cold outside. Being in a heated part of the home helps immensely, as well. However, areas like basements and crawlspaces tend not to be insulated or heated. That’s a problem for the pipes in those areas. You probably can’t simply drain the pipes and do without them, since they probably include your cold and hot water lines. So, you’re going to need to insulate those pipes. You can use store-bought pipe insulation, or simply wrap a few towels around exposed pipes in those areas. Just make sure that they have some level of insulation from the cold, or else you may have to replace them when they freeze and burst.

Service King Plumbing & HVAC offers comprehensive pipe services throughout Lake in the Hills, IL. Call today to schedule an appointment with one of our expert plumbers. 

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