Virginia is anticipating a much colder winter this year than we have experienced in the past. With that comes the increased chances of snow & fun days spent sledding — but it can also lead to frozen pipes in your home, which is no fun!
There are several preventative measures you can take to avoid your pipes from freezing in the first place. In this article, we are going to show you a few tricks to keep in mind as we embark into wintertime. If these tips don’t work and your pipes freeze, contact our team of Virginia Beach plumbers before they burst!
The first way to prevent frozen pipes is by keeping your garage door shut. Surely this is something most home owners in Virginia Beach already do to prevent unwanted animals from wandering in the garage, but if you have a messed up garage door that doesn’t properly shut all the way, you’ll want to get it looked at before winter!
Keeping your garage door shut is particularly important because often times water supply lines run through the garage. Additionally, with garages typically being un-insulated, they hold cold temperatures much longer than the rest of your home.
Many homeowners tend to turn their thermostats down in the evening in order to save money on their utility bills, however, this can increase the chances of your pipes freezing. On winter nights when the temperatures drop well below the freezing level, we recommend keeping your thermostat at the same temperature it’s at during the day to help keep your pipes ice-free.
Though many water supply line pipes run the garage, there are several other ares where water pipes run – such as the bathroom and kitchen cabinets.
A great way to prevent these pipes from freezing is to open the doors before you go to bed. By doing so, you can increase the distribution of air throughout the home, and keep warm air circulating in areas where pipes may be to prevent them from getting cold.
This is a tip as old as time. One of the best ways to prevent your pipes from freezing is to leave your faucets lightly dripping overnight to keep the water flowing through the pipes.
However, you don’t need to have all faucets doing this. Go throughout the home and determine which faucets are fed by exposed piping. These are the faucets that you will want to let drip overnight. If both hot and cold water lines are exposed, leave both slightly running.
If you are needing assistance locating which water lines are exposed, contact our team of Virginia Beach faucet & sink experts today!
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