Preventing Frozen Pipes
When outdoor temperatures plummet, it’s important to keep tabs on your home’s pipes to prevent pipes from freezing, bursting and causing expensive property damage.
When exposed to extremely cold conditions, the water inside a pipe can freeze and expand, resulting in the pipe bursting and flooding the area around it. This can potentially spell disaster in terms of water damage. Your best bet is to prevent pipes from freezing in the first place. Following is an overview of steps you can take to proactively ensure your pipes don’t freeze, as well as AcuRite's recommended solutions for easy frozen pipe prevention.
How to Keep Pipes from Freezing
There are many preventative actions that can mitigate the risk of frozen pipes. Take the following steps to keep pipes from freezing:
- Insulate pipes that are located in unheated areas (attics, crawlspaces, garages, outdoor pools and hot tubs, etc.).
- Leave the heat on when traveling
- Keep the thermostat adequately high throughout the day (minimum 55° Fahrenheit; 13 degrees Celsius).
- Always close the door on your attached garage.
- Let water drip from faucets when temperatures are extremely cold.
- Empty outdoor pools and hot tubs in the winter.