With the climate change that come along with winter, it also brings an endless list of problems those chilling temperatures can produce. Frozen pipes are a huge dilemma for may home owners this time of year. Not only does it create quite a large mess which can be daunting to clean up in itself, it also will take a huge chunk out of bank accounts and wallets. It's something that no one is ready to handle, and can be very time consuming and sometimes even detrimental to the home. Luckily, there are a few things that can be done to help prevent these instances from occurring during these frigid winter months.
- Having a well insulated home will help maintain a higher temperature inside the house and for those problematic colder areas. (including attics, basements, and crawl spaces)
- Invest in "pipe sleeves" which help insulate the pipes themselves and are relatively very inexpensive at your local home improvement store.
- Keep the thermostat temperature in your home the same both day and night. Not temporarily lowering the temperature at night may increase your heat bill slightly, however, it is far less expensive in the long run than having to repair damages if something occurs.
- When the outside temperatures drop very low, it is helpful to allow the cold water to drip from your faucets. Even the slightest constant flow of water will reduce the risk of the water in the pipes from becoming frozen.
- Allow warmer air to circulate around your plumbing by opening kitchen and bathroom cabinets.
Just by simply being aware and following these easy tips that I found via the American Red Cross's web page, you can possibly save yourself a great deal of money and easily the biggest headache you will have in your life.