Oh lovely winter… The time of the year where few of us leave our house once we get home, have no sense of time because 5pm definitely feels like midnight, and the weather makes us all just want to eat. Or, is that just us?
It’s also that time of year where your plumbing system is put through the ringer. Water heaters are working in overdrive and if the temperature drops low enough the pesky frozen pipes start to rear their ugly heads. Don’t stress just yet!
Here are some tips and tricks to avoid frozen pipes in a house (These same tips apply if you think the pipe is already frozen) :
- Make sure all hoses are disconnected from the house (Do a double check right now, it is often forgotten about)
- Keep a cabinet slightly open
- Let a faucet drip
- Use a space heater in the areas in your home that it gets cooler
- Use a blow dryer to blow hot area on the area affected (This is for when it is completely frozen)
- Make sure your garage door is closed and sealed off, cold air can come
- If you are going out of town – turn your water off to your home
Frozen pipes are never fun, especially when it is too late and the water is coming from every which direction. If you are in that position, immediately turn the water off to your home and call us. Don’t know where your water shut off is in the home? Check out our blog on how and where to locate your water shut off.