The cold months are quickly approaching, which means pipes are susceptible to freezing. Thankfully, there are a number of steps you can take in order to prevent frozen pipes from occurring.
Frozen pipes are not only an issue for those who live in colder climates. Homes in hotter climates are more vulnerable to frozen pipes because they are unlikely to be as well insulated against cold temperatures. Therefore, frozen pipes are an issue that can affect anyone regardless of where they are based. Though frozen pipes are a problem on their own, if they burst they can cause further damage and potential flooding.
Keep Heating On
If you’re leaving your property for any period of time, it’s important to keep the heating on at a low temperature. The heat will prevent pipes from freezing and bursting, which can cause a lot of damage to the property and possessions within.
Allow Taps to Drip
Allowing taps to drip slightly can stop them from freezing. A pipe will freeze during cold weather due to the pressure that has built up between the blockage and the pipe, causing it to burst. Keeping the faucet open to drip will help to relieve pressure from building up and keep the pipes from bursting.
Keep Doors Open
If your pipes are located within cabinets or units, keep the doors open as the temperature drops. This will mean the heat from the rest of the house can get to the pipes and keep them warm. All doors in your home should be kept open to allow the heat to flow throughout.
Use Heating Tape
Electrical heating tape is a great option to keep pipes from freezing. It can be applied directly to the pipe to help keep them insulated during the colder weather. There are two types of heating tape; one that will heat up by itself when needed and one that requires mains electricity.
Pipes that are located in areas without proper insulation would benefit from extra insulation. Pipes in basements or attics are particularly susceptible to freezing, but using foam rubber of fibreglass sleeves can help to reduce the chances of freezing.