Winter Proof Your Plumbing Tips to Avoid Frozen Pipes

Winter can be a beautiful time of the year, but it can also bring about some unique challenges, especially when it comes to your plumbing. At J Griffin Heating and Plumbing, we’ve seen the havoc that frozen pipes can wreak, from burst plumbing to significant water damage. That’s why we’d like to share some expert advice on how to avoid frozen pipes this winter, keeping your home safe and your water flowing.

  1. Insulate Your Pipes

Insulating your pipes is one of the most effective ways to prevent them from freezing. By wrapping them in foam pipe insulation, you create a barrier that keeps the cold out. Pay special attention to the pipes located in unheated areas like garages, basements, and crawl spaces, as they are more prone to freezing.

  1. Keep the Heat On

Even if you’re planning to be away during the winter months, don’t turn off the heat completely. Keeping the thermostat set at a temperature above 55°F helps ensure that the inside of the walls, where the pipes are often located, remains warm enough to prevent freezing.

  1. Allow the Faucet to Drip

Allowing a faucet to drip slightly can relieve pressure in the system. If a pipe freezes, it’s the pressure created between the blockage and the faucet that causes the pipe to burst. By letting the faucet drip, you alleviate this pressure, reducing the risk of a burst pipe.

  1. Open Cabinet Doors

Pipes that are located in cabinets (such as under sinks) may not receive adequate heat. During particularly cold spells, it can be helpful to open the cabinet doors, allowing the warm air from the room to circulate around the pipes.

  1. Seal Cracks and Openings

Inspect your home for any cracks or openings near pipes that could let cold air in. Sealing these areas with caulk or spray foam insulation can prevent the cold air from reaching the pipes, keeping them at a stable temperature.

  1. Install Pipe Sleeves or Heating Cables

For extra protection, especially for pipes that are at higher risk, you might consider installing pipe sleeves or heating cables. These products are designed specifically to keep pipes from freezing and can provide an added layer of assurance.

  1. Maintain Outdoor Faucets

Disconnect all garden hoses and drain water from outdoor faucets and sprinkler systems. Shutting off the water supply to outdoor faucets and using an insulated faucet cover can further protect them from freezing temperatures.

  1. Know Where Your Main Water Shut-Off Is

In the unfortunate event that a pipe does freeze and burst, knowing where your main water shut-off valve is located can prevent further damage by allowing you to cut off the water supply quickly.

  1. Schedule a Professional Inspection

Sometimes, the expert eye is what’s needed to ensure your plumbing is ready for winter. At J Griffin Heating and Plumbing, we offer inspections and winterization services tailored to your home’s specific needs.

Avoid Frozen Pipes with J Griffin Heating and Plumbing

Don’t let frozen pipes ruin your winter. By following these tips, you’re taking proactive steps to keep your home safe and your plumbing functional. If you need professional assistance, whether it’s an inspection, insulation, or emergency repair, the team at J Griffin Heating and Plumbing is here for you.

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