Frozen pipes are very common during the cold winter season in a lot of places. When pipes freeze, they can get damaged, causing you hassle when it comes to using water. Fortunately, pipes can be protected from freezing, and here are the different ways you can protect pipes from freezing. You can implement some methods before laying the plumbing system of your home down.
1. Switch the water main off when you will not be using water for a long period of time, like while sleeping on a cold, snowy night or travelling to another country.
2. Remove, drain, and store any water hoses used in the garden or garage. Hosepipe valves need to be kept open to allow any remaining water to freely expand without any effort on the pipe and keep it from bursting.
3. A few homes have plumbing set up in or going through the garage. If the plumbing of your home is set up this way, the garage doors should be shut unless necessary to keep the plumbing parts there from being exposed to cold air.
4. Bathroom and kitchen storage cabinet doors should be kept open to permit the flow of warm air around pipes. In many houses, harmful household chemicals, like cleaners, are kept in such cabinets. Have them relocated to a place that kids cannot access.
5. Water should be allowed to drip from the tap when temperatures go zero and below. As long as water is moving, it will not freeze. You need not worry about conserving water when you do this, since by keeping pipes from bursting, you are saving more water.
6. Check the parts of your home (attic, basement, and crawlspace) for any pipes exposed to very cold air. Insulate those pipes and hot water pipelines, even if they carry hot water. The latter can freeze, too, especially if the water it carries is not moving.
7. If your house is still being constructed, be sure to have water pipes insulated. Pipe sleeves or UL-listed tapes can be used on open plumbing by a contractor or plumber.
8. Some households get water from wells. During the winter, the water pump has to be switched off and the well should be dried. The pumping lines overground and the tank should be cleaned and drained.
These are the things you need to do to keep pipes from freezing. Remember to avoid using antifreeze to keep all pipes from freezing, as this chemical is very harmful to living things.