It might not snow around here in Sugar Land or Katy but nights this time of year get nippy. And when things get cold enough, one seasonal annoyance likes to rear its head. Frozen pipes, at best, mean showers and cooking become a frustrating process. At worst, they become a catastrophe.
But preventing your pipes from freezing up can be simple when you know what to do. Here’s how to prevent frozen pipes with just a few easy steps.
Leave Your Faucet On
Leaving your faucets on overnight may not come naturally to you but it’s one of the easiest things you can do to keep your pipes clean and clear. You don’t need a lot, just a drip, and there’s no need to heat it. The reason for this is simple. The constant flow of water through your pipes through the coldest parts of the night helps prevent ice from forming, preventing frozen pipes.
Open Doors and Close Others
Have a water supply line in your garage? Close your garage door. Your garage is one of the closest parts of your home to the outside. Rarely heated, the last thing you want to do is open the garage door and let frigid winds get right to your water line.
Within your home, it can be helpful to open all your interior doors, like to your kitchen or bathroom, overnight in order to allow an even flow of warm air throughout your home. This will help rooms with water pipes have better access to warm air to keep them warm and frost free.
Watch how you’re heating your home. While the temptation may be high to lower your heat during the night to save on costs, in general it’s advised to keep your home’s temperature consistent. This prevents sudden freezes and ensures an even flow of air in your home. Keep your home’s temperature around 60 or above and you will be good to go. While your heating bill may climb up, you’ll be saving significant amounts of money when you think of how you’ll be reducing your need to hire someone to come in to replace your broken pipes.
If there’s one thing we love here in Sugar Land and Katy, it’s our pools. But while you may be able to swim year round, you never want to leave your pools full of water overnight, especially when the temperatures drop below 32 degrees. Drain pools and supply lines when winter comes around. Since these water sources are close to the outdoors, they’ll be the first to freeze. When one water source freezes, it can block the flow of water to other parts of your home.
After Your Pipes Freeze
If you suspect your pipes have frozen, never fear. Try running water through your pipe. The flow of water may start to unfreeze ice within your pipes. Applying gentle heat with a heat pack can also help work out ice blockages and allow water to flow through as normal. Don’t use a blowtorch or charcoal stove. It doesn’t work out.
But in the case of serious blockages, don’t leave it to your own devices. Improper thawing can break or damage pipes, leading to costly repairs. This is when you will want to get in touch with your local Sugar Land plumbers or Katy HVAC contractors in order to help you safely work through frozen pipes without undue damage.
But frozen pipes can be surprisingly easy to prevent. Consistent home heating practices can ensure pipes receive an even flow of heat. Leaving your pipes on overnight helps ensure your pipes stay clear and open. And should your pipes freeze, getting in touch with a licensed professional can help you thaw your pipes safely and without undue damage to them.
This winter, stay smart about your pipes. Don’t let cold weather stop your showers.