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‘It’s winter’, your mum tells you. ‘Make sure to drip your faucets.’
The demand did not make sense to us as children, but we never really heed our mothers’ advice until it is too late.
When winter arrives, plumbing pipes can also be affected by the cold. They can freeze and possibly burst, which cause leakages, floods and water damage. Here are five tips to protect your pipes from frost:
Let Your Faucet Drip
Now might be the best time to listen to your mother’s advice. Frozen water within the pipes could be a trigger for a rupture. Allow a slow drip from your faucet to eliminate the pressure build-up. Running water will help melt the ice within the pipes.
Open the Cabinet Doors
Most sinks have cabinet doors underneath them for extra storage space. When kept closed, the cabinet can trap and insulate cold air. Leave your cabinet doors open to project heat into the pipes.
Turn Up the Thermostat
Houses with high-level thermostats can prevent water within the pipes from freezing. Turn up the temperature of your thermostat to make yourself and your pipes feel warm during winter.
Place Foam Inside Casing
Paul Abrams, spokesman for Roto-Rooter, said that pipes ‘are more prone to freezing than others because of their location in the home’. One way to keep them warm wherever they are is to attach foam onto the tubes and keep them snug within a specialised boxing for pipes.
Install a Space Heater
Situate an electric space heater directly under or near the unprotected pipes to keep them from freezing. Once the pipes find a source of warmth, the water in the pipe will remain liquefied.
Taking preventative measures will reduce the risks for frozen pipes, save you money for repair and leave you stress-free during the holidays.