After the National Weather Service forecasts for freezing or sub-freezing temperatures, what is the first thing that comes to mind? Here in the south, milk and bread immediately become a top priority! However, before we rush down to the grocery store for milk and bread, we should probably check our pipes!
A freeze or sub-freezing warning is announced in our area when a significant drop in temperature is predicted for an extended period. Not only can freezing temperatures pose a threat to plants, animals, and people, it can also be costly for homeowners. If the pipes in your home are exposed to freezing temperatures, they can burst and cause tremendous water damage.
The extent of precautions taken in the south might be very different from up north. States that experience cooler temperatures, freeze warnings, and snow storms regularly are better equipped and prepared to handle low temperatures and severe winter weather. However, there are things you could do to protect your home from experiencing any damage that is brought on by freezing temperatures.
When a freeze warning is issued, it is important for homeowners to…
- Check The Thermostat
- Setting the temperature of your home to 55°F or above can help prevent your pipes from becoming exposed to the cold. This is a good rule of thumb to follow especially if you are going out of town for several days and leaving your home unattended.
- Check & Insulate Pipes
- An inexpensive way to insulate your pipes at a moment's notice would be to wrap your pipes in heat tape. Heat cables with a thermostat control are also recommended.
- Open Cabinets & Let Your Faucets Drip
- Allow warm air to circulate around your plumbing and pipes by opening the cabinet doors in your bathrooms and your kitchen. Be sure to relocate any cleaning products or household chemicals that children could come in contact with. Letting your faucet drip will create a continual flow of water through your pipes and can also help prevent your pipes from freezing.
- Keep Garage Doors Closed & Interior Doors Open
- Keeping your garage door closed during colder months can shield any water supply lines from exposure to freezing temperatures. In addition, to further circulate warmth throughout your home, keep interior doors open.