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How To Protect Your Pipes From Freezing During Those Last Frigid Days Of Winter

by April Rivera

With winter still very much in control of the weather, and more frigid nights still in the forecast, the threat to plumbing is still very real. This is particularly true when it comes to your pipes. Luckily, you still have time to protect against freezing before the temperatures dip again. Winterizing your pipes, even this late in the season will help you prevent plumbing ruptures and water damage. Here are some simple steps you should take before another night of freezing temperatures arrives.

Gather Your Supplies

When it comes to winterizing your pipes, you need to start with the right supplies. That way, you have everything you need to protect all your pipes, and areas that are vulnerable to freezing temperatures. The first thing you'll need will be something to wrap your pipes with. You can use either towels or newspaper. You'll also need heavy-duty tape or hose clamps to secure the material to your pipes. Make sure you have enough to insulate all your exposed pipes.

Insulate Your Exposed Pipes

Once you've gathered your supplies, you'll want to begin insulating all your exposed pipes. You actually have quite a few of them in your home. First, you'll want to wrap all the pipes that are located under your sinks. Those are the pipes that are going to cause the most damage to your home if they rupture in the freezing temperatures. Wrap them with the materials you've gathered and then secure them with either the tape or the hose clamps. You don't want the insulating material to fall off. Second, you'll want to follow the same procedures with your outdoor water faucets. Finally, you'll want to head into the attic and insulate any exposed pipes you see in there. If those rupture during a freeze, they'll flood your entire home.

Bring in Some Additional Heat Sources

If you're anticipating temperatures to drop well below freezing, you'll want to be prepared with additional heat sources. Portable space heaters work very well when it comes to keeping your pipes warm during a freeze. Before you go to bed, open your cabinets and place a small space heater in front of the pipes. Turn the space heaters on to low and allow them to run for about an hour before you retire for the night. When you head to bed, turn the space heaters off and leave the cabinet doors open. Leaving the doors open will allow your homes heating system to continue the work of heating the pipes.

For more information, contact your local plumbers.