A Texas winter can be a cold, harsh time for your pipes. If you are a Dallas homeowner then you understand the importance of keeping your pipes warm.
If there is excess water in your pipes when a cold front hits your home, then you are at the risk of the water freezing, expanding, and then blowing your pipes out, making them in need of repair and replacement.
We know that this type of a problem is an inconvenience to your family, and that is why we have put together these top three ways to help prevent your pipes from freezing over.
1. Add Insulation to the Pipes
Just looking at your Dallas home you can see that there are most likely pipes that are placed in areas that do not have proper insulation. These pipes can be found in basements, attics, or in the backyard of a home. Extra insulation in these areas could be a simple step that prevents your pipes from freezing.
Get yourself out to a local hardware store and grab fitted foam rubber or fiberglass sleeves that can be fit around the exposed pipe. If you are really nervous about the cold and your pipe situation, then insulating throughout the house is also a great extra preventative step. Remember, if you can’t figure out the best method for insulating your pipes, your local Dallas plumber can help you solve your problem.
When the temperature drops below 30 degrees, aside from added insulation to pipes along the outside walls of a home, it’s also additional good practice to leave a small drip of water.
2. Keep the Heat Running
During the holidays we typically find ourselves traveling to see family members in different parts of the country. If you plan on leaving for an extended amount of time leave your heat running. It doesn’t have to be on at full blast and you won’t be wasting a lot of money.
By keeping the temperature set at least above 50 degrees Fahrenheit you will be able to provide enough heat to your property to keep your pipes warm and prevent any pipe leaks or burst due to freezing water inside.
3. Prop Open the Doors Inside
Many pipes in the home are often located in cabinets under a sink. Even if you have already added extra insulation to these pipes there is an extra step that you can take. By keeping the interior doors open when the temperature drops, the heat provided to the rest of the house will automatically keep your pipes warm as well. Keeping all of the interior doors open circulates the warm air throughout at home and prevents any winter plumbing repairs that could possibly pop up.
Plumbing Dynamics Keeps Your Pipes Maintained
If you are concerned about the upcoming winter season, Plumbing Dynamics has the tools and expertise to come out to your home and check your plumbing before the cold-fronts come in. Give us a call today and find out why we are the Dallas team that is dedicated to bringing our customers the better side of the plumbing experience. We are a licensed, trained team that is prepared to handle any plumbing repairs that you need taken care of.