How to Prevent Frozen Water PipesJanuary 14th, 2011
Preventing frozen water pipes in your Minneapolis, St. Paul area home this winter
Homeowners can take a few precautions before the next freeze that may save your home from the devastating effects of frozen and broken water pipes. Before it gets too cold be sure to:
Insulate pipes in your home’s crawl spaces and attic. These exposed pipes are most susceptible to freezing. Remember – the more insulation you use, the better protected your pipes will be.
Heat tape or thermostatically-controlled heat cables can be used to wrap pipes. Be sure to use products approved by an independent testing organization, such as Underwriters Laboratories Inc., and only for the use intended (exterior or interior). Closely follow all manufacturers’ installation and operation instructions.
Seal leaks that allow cold air inside near where pipes are located. Look for air leaks around electrical wiring, dryer vents and pipes. Use caulk or insulation to keep the cold out and the heat in. With severe cold, even a tiny opening can let in enough cold air to cause a pipe to freeze.
Disconnect garden hoses and, if practical, use an indoor valve to shut off and drain water from pipes leading to outside faucets. This reduces the chance of freezing in the short span of pipe just inside the house.
Get in touch with Rush Point Plumbing for help preventing or repairing frozen water pipelines, 612.616.4000.