Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Winter Dilemma: Frozen Pipes

One of the most common problem that a homeowner faces during winter is the dilemma of having a frozen pipe. There are preventative steps that we can all do to avoid frozen pipes. Look at some of them as I listed below:

  • Insulate Pipes. The more insulation you have the better your pipes are protected. Remember that exposed pipes are most susceptible to freezing.
  • Seal all leaks. A tiny opening can let in enough cold air to freeze pipes. Check all the possible areas where air can come in like dryer vent, electrical wiring and such.
  • Disconnect garden hoses. As much as possible disconnect garden hoses before winter hits.
  • Drip water overnight. A trickle of hot and cold water might be all it takes to keep your pipes from freezing.
  • If you plan to travel during winter, set your house warm enough to avoid frozen pipes. Also, ask a friend to check your place everyday if it is warm enough

You can also remember the following should frozen pipes occur: Never try to thaw a pipe with a torch as it is a fire hazard. When you turn on your faucet and nothing comes out, leave the faucets turned on and call a plumber. It is best to call the professionals to do the job especially if you don't have any idea what to do with it. It may cost you more to call a professional but it is better to be safe than sorry. Your attempt to fix your pipe may cause more damage if you don't know what you are doing.

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