As water freezes, it starts to expand. While this isn’t much of an issue in nature, it’s a different story when it comes to the metal and plastic pipes used in a home’s indoor plumbing system. Regardless of how strong the container is, as water expands it can cause pipes to burst. Can you imagine what would happen to your home or basement if this happened to you? You could lose thousands in valuable furnishings, appliances and personal belongings.
Which pipes are most prone to freezing?
- Those pipes that are exposed to the coldest temperatures. These include water sprinkler lines, swimming pool supply lines, and outdoor hose bibs.
- Pipes that are located in unheated areas of a home, including those in attics, kitchen cabinets, garages, crawl spaces and basements.
- Pipes that are in the exterior walls of a home and are insufficiently insulated.
What Can I Do to Protect My Pipes from Freezing?
We recommend taking these steps before the freezing temperatures set in. If it’s already cold, you can still contact Green Home Solutions to find out which steps can be taken to protect your pipes even though the cold weather has already arrived.
- Carefully follow the manufacturer’s directions on how to drain the water from sprinkler and swimming pool supply lines. Unless directed, we do not recommend pouring antifreeze in these lines because they are dangerous to humans, pets, wildlife, vegetation, and the environment.
- Take all outdoor hoses, remove and drain them and store them in a shed or garage until the spring. Then, close the valves that supply the outdoor hose bibs. Open the outside hose bibs and drain the water. You want to keep the outside valve open so the water left in the pipe can expand without breaking the pipe.
- We recommend insulating basements, crawl spaces and attics.
- Check for water supply lines that are located in areas that do not get heat. Such areas include under the kitchen and bathroom cabinets, and in the garage. You’ll want to insulate the cold and hot water pipes.