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Preventing Water Pipes from Freezing

12/2/2019 (Permalink)

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Freezing water pipes can easily cause a pipe to burst, this can lead to serious flooding in the home. Manteca and Modesto's areas are particularly prone to freezing pipes because warmer climates usually do not call for as much insulation as colder areas. If insulation is not the issue, frozen pipes can start outdoors where there is no protection from freezing.

The goal is to keep pipes warm enough to stay above the point of freezing. Water generally freezes at 32 degrees Fahrenheit. You can keep your pipes warm a number of ways.

5 Ways to Keep Water Pipes from Freezing

  1. Keep Heat On 

On a cold day leave your heat on even if you will be leaving the home for a longer period. Heat should be at least ten degrees above freezing. Freezing temperatures are dependent upon our altitude. The heat will help prevent pipes from freezing.  

  1. Keep Cabinet Doors Open 

Usually, pipes are in cabinet areas. On cold days, leave the cabinet’s doors open so the heat coming from your home can keep your pipes warm enough to prevent freezing. 

  1. Allow Faucet to Drip 

Allowing your faucet to have a slight drip will relieve pressure in the system. A pipe burst will normally come from the pressure between the blockage of ice and the faucet itself. Keep the faucet open by letting the water run slowly on a colder day. Single handle faucets should be on warm. Duel faucets, hot and cold water, should both be on just enough to allow a slow drip.  

  1. Seal Cracks and Holes 

Seal any holes spotted in the interior and exterior of your home, especially where the hole could be letting in cold air. 

  1. Add More Insulation 

If you have experienced freezing pipes insulate your home better for preventive measures. Start with checking basements and attics. Pipes can be wrapped with foam rubber or fiberglass sleeves to help decrease the freezing likelihood. Added insulation to walls and ceilings may be necessary.

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