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Our Guide to Preventing Frozen Pipes

Frozen pipes can be a nightmare to encounter. Before you know it, you’ve got a burst pipe and the moment it thaws you’re going to be dealing with a pretty substantial water leak. We want to quell your anxiety first and foremost by reassuring you that we’re the pros to call when you encounter this kind of thing. We can fix burst pipes, patch leaks when things start to thaw, and we can even give you some advice as to how to avoid this kind of situation from happening again.

The important thing to remember is that frozen pipes in Bloomington should never be addressed by a homeowner unless you’re just trying to stop things from getting worse before a professional arrives. Burst pipes can usually become heavy-duty leaks, and without the right equipment, you could see your property damaged and a lot of wasted water.

Here are a few things you can do to avoid this nightmare scenario.

Keep Drawers and Cabinets Open

The first tip we have is something you’ve probably already heard a few times, but it’s worth repeating. Keep your drawers and cabinets open throughout your home in order to allow for hot air to circulate effectively.

Think about it, your pipes lie behind a lot of the beautiful cabinetry that’s set up in your home. Those cabinets are unfortunately blocking the way for heat to reach the pipes, and on a really cold day this makes all the difference. Your pipes are stuck between the outdoor temperatures and the blocked indoor temperatures of your home, which makes them more likely to freeze when temperatures drop to pretty low levels.

Do yourself a favor and leave the cabinets open when things are really cold, and we promise you won’t regret it!

Don’t Set Your Thermostat Too Low When You Leave

For pet owners, this is a given. But for everyone else, it can be somewhat of a surprise. You shouldn’t set your thermostat too low (or even turn off your heater) when you leave the house. Just because you’re not there to feel the warm temperatures doesn’t mean that the rest of your house won’t rely on that heat being circulated. From furniture to your pipes, they all rely on a little bit of heat to resist the frozen temperatures of the exposed outdoors.

Insulate Your Pipes

Pipe insulation is cheap, effective, and does a great job of keeping cold temperatures away from your pipes. Don’t assume you have to install this insulation by yourself, our team can help you with the set up of pipe insulation so that you’re better off against a drop in temperature.

Use Your Water Regularly

Moving water doesn’t freeze as easily as still water. Sure, if your water has been sitting still all day and then gets moved through the faucet, it will probably still freeze up. However, the more often you use your water, the more friction you’re creating and—by default—you’re stopping your water from being frozen.

Call Pipeworks Inc. for help with your frozen or burst pipes.

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