Preventing Frozen Pipes

Utah’s first real snowstorm hit hard today. This means colder weather, which, for some, means frozen pipes if proper precautions aren’t taken. We’ve had several people ask us about how to prevent frozen pipes recently. Last January, we put together a post outlining what homeowners should know about preventing and dealing with frozen pipes. Here are a few highlights:

How to prevent frozen pipes:

  • Disconnect all outdoor hose bibs from your house.
  • Keep your garage door closed if you have water supply lines in your garage.
  • Open your cabinet doors to allow heat to circulate around the plumbing in your kitchen.
  • When temperatures are extremely cold, (less than 20° F) let both hot and cold water drip through your faucets. This keeps water moving in your pipes and prevents it from freezing.
  • Keep your thermostat the same temperature during the day and at night. While this is more costly on your utility bill, it will help keep your pipes from freezing.
  • If you are leaving for a trip, do not turn your heat off while you are gone. Set your thermostat to no less than 55° F.

How cold does it have to be for my pipes to freeze?

Answer: For pipes that don’t have any cracks or other issues, the temperature they will usually freeze at is about 20° F. Pipes that are often exposed to cold air, have cracks, or are near poor wall insulation can freeze at higher temperatures.

Read our complete post here. And here’s an additional video with more ideas for how to prevent and deal with frozen pipes.

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