Although we are in March, don’t let unseasonably warm weather fool you, we are still in the midst of winter, and your home’s pipes have the potential to freeze.
Winter brings frigid temperatures across Wisconsin, and when temperatures drop, the water that goes through your home’s faucets is in danger of freezing inside your pipes. Water expands as it turns to ice, and frozen pipes are vulnerable to bursting, resulting in expensive water damage throughout your home.
Disconnect garden hoses during the fall:
- Disconnect, drain, and store your hoses.
- Close any shut-off valves that supply outdoor hose bibs.
- Open the faucet outside to drain the line.
- Use faucet covers for extra protection against frozen pipes.
Apply foam insulation
Foam insulation is readily available at home improvement stores, providing a buffer against frigid temperatures. Bundle your pipes in heat tape or thermostat-controlled heat cables to keep them warm enough to prevent freezing. Consider insulating pipes in unheated areas, such as the attic, basement, crawl spaces, garage, or attic.
Seal any air leaks
Look over your home for cracks or openings that let in cold air. Seal holes around the piping in interior or exterior walls and the window sill plates, especially those close to the foundation. In addition, since a garage door open is similar to creating a vast air leak, remember to close the garage door when going in and out.
Open doors and cabinets
Keeping warm air circulating evenly throughout your home during cold snaps is essential. Leave interior doors ajar and open the kitchen and bathroom cabinets to distribute heat evenly around rooms.
Let faucets drip
Even a tiny water drip can prevent ice from forming inside your pipes. When it’s bitterly cold outside, keep water trickling from all faucets served by exposed pipes. Leaving a few taps with slightly running water will also relieve pressure inside the pipe, preventing a burst if the water inside freezes.
If the temperature plummets and you’re concerned about a pipe bursting, please look at the above prevention maintenance tips. If a pipe bursts despite your efforts, call Gene Wagner Plumbing. We take pride in being one of the best plumbers in Milwaukee and check out our profile on Expertise. If you would like more information, please call us at 414-541-9217.