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How to Protect Your Pipes in Cold Weather

How to Protect Your Pipes in Cold Weather

Frozen pipes are a tangible risk during winter in the Denver, CO area. When the thermometer dips below 32°F, water expands as it freezes. By taking a few steps now and during winter storms, you can prevent the costly damage caused by frozen and burst pipes. Here are a few tips for how to protect your pipes in cold weather.

Insulate Exposed Pipes

Pipes that are most vulnerable to freezing are exposed to severe cold. These include outside pipes such as water sprinkler lines or outdoor hose spigots. Unheated areas like crawl spaces, basements, attics, and garages, can also pose a risk to your water lines. You should insulate any hot or cold water pipes that run through these areas. You may even want to insulate any exposed hot water pipes inside heated areas of your home to keep their heat from dissipating in the cooler temperatures.

Products designed to insulate water pipes include pipe sleeves, heat tape, heat cables, or similar products readily available from your local plumbing and home improvement stores.

Add Insulation to Your House

Having adequate insulation in your attic, basement, crawl spaces, and even your garage can help maintain a higher temperature in your home. As an added bonus, your heating bill should be reduced from prior years.

Drain Outside Lines

You should have your home’s irrigation system lines drained and blown out before the freezing weather sets in. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions or hire an expert to do this.

Prevent Frozen Pipes

When winter weather has arrived, let water from your cold line drip from faucets that are fed by exposed pipes. Running water is less likely to freeze.

Open cabinet doors in your kitchen and bathrooms to let warmer air reach your plumbing. If you keep cleaning supplies under the sinks, you may wish to relocate them away from the reach of kids.

If you need assistance with protecting your plumbing in cold weather, call our experienced, licensed plumbing technicians at High5Plumbing for help.