Water frozen while leaving a pipe.

How to Prevent Frozen Pipes

While frozen icicles are beautiful along your roof, the last thing you want is frozen water in your plumbing system. Frozen pipes lead to bursting pipes and, of course, major flooding.

Here’s how to keep water in your pipes running during the grip of a cold spell.

These tips are focused on water supply pipes -- not drain pipes. Drain pipes are larger and made of plastic. Since they are not pressurized and do not hold water, it is less likely that they will freeze.

Let Your Faucet Drip

One of the best things you can do is let your faucets drip. This relieves pressure in the system. When a pipe ends up freezing, the pressure from the air between the blockage and your faucet causes the pipe to burst. Plus, the water is less likely to freeze when it’s running, even if it’s at a slow trickle.

Heat Your Home

Even if you plan on leaving for a vacation, make sure to leave the heat on in your home. The heat helps to keep your pipes warm so that they do not burst. You do not have to keep the temperature as warm as usual, but you need to keep the temperature at around 55 degrees.

Open Cabinet Doors

When you’re dealing with subzero temperatures, your interior pipes can end up freezing. To prevent this, open up your cabinet doors. This allows warm air to circulate around the pipes.

Add Pipe Insulation

Wrap insulation around pipes that are located in a crawlspace, attic and other locations where they are exposed. Heat tape is also effective.

Bottom line: A burst pipe in an emergency in our book. We offer 24/7 emergency services for that very reason. To schedule an appointment with Go Green Express Home Service at (845) 253-4053.

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