How to Prevent Your Pipes From Freezing

Homeowners groaned all throughout the record breaking winter of 2014. Some groaned more than others because their pipes froze, which is an expensive problem to fix. The good news is that freezing pipes are preventable.

Insulate Pipes

Ideally, this should be done before the temperatures plummet. Wrap all outside pipes in insulation specifically for pipes. Also insulate pipes in rooms that are poorly heated, such as drafty basements or garages.

Turn On Water

Spending some more for your water bill will save you from expensive plumbing bills later on in the winter. On nights when the temperatures are predicted to go below freezing, turn the taps on a tiny bit so the water drips or trickles out. When water turns to ice inside of pipes, tremendous pressure builds up which can crack the pipes. Leaving the tap on prevents this pressure build-up.

Keep Doors Closed

Do you have pipes in poorly heated rooms like attics, sheds or garages? Keep all doors and windows to these areas closed. This will help to conserve heat and protect your pipes.

If you have more questions about how to prevent pipes from freezing and live in the Eagle, Idaho area, feel free to contact Access First Insurance to get a quote for homeowners insurance.