We live in an area that regularly dips below freezing temperatures and a few precautionary steps to help protect your plumbing can be a cost-effective way to help avoid a burst pipe.
1. Be sure to insulate all accessible pipes before a cold snap. You can typically find exposed pipes in your bathroom and kitchen.
2. Apply pipe insulation to water pipes in unheated areas of your home, such as the garage, or in areas near exterior walls.
3. If it isn’t too cold yet (above 45 degrees) you can apply exterior caulk or sealant to any cracks in your home’s outside walls.
When Temperatures Drop:
– During extreme temperatures, keep exterior doors closed, including garage doors.
– If your kitchen or bathroom pipes are near exterior walls, leaving the cabinet doors open can keep them from freezing.
– You can leave taps slowly dripping water to prevent it from freezing and to relieve some pressure in the even that some does freeze.
– A water leak alarm is helpful in areas that you don’t check often such as the basement.
How to check for frozen pipes:
The best way to check for frozen pipes is to turn on the faucet. If there is a trickle of water or no water at all, the pipes are frozen. The source of the frozen pipe is most commonly near an exterior wall where water enters the home. If you do have frozen pipes, give us a call and we can help! We can identify where the frozen pipe is and thaw it for you. Our professionals are available 24/7. Give us a call at 815-570-2244 for assistance.