Frozen pipes are a concern in colder climates. Left unaddressed, they may burst, resulting in costly water damage and possibly foundation repair. Below, the heating service technicians at Dutch Oil Co. discuss how you can keep the water flowing unencumbered with a few simple precautions.
Heating Service on How to Avoid Frozen Pipes
1. Let Your Faucets Drip
Faucets don’t need to be fully running; they just need to be turned on to a trickle. The constant water flowing through the pipes will keep them from getting cold enough to freeze.
2. Disconnect Outdoor Hoses
If water freezes in a hose with a nozzle, it can cause pressure to build up in the attached pipe, increasing its chance of bursting. Unhook your outdoor hoses at the end of fall before the ground freezes.
3. Use a Space Heater
If you need to get heat to an unprotected pipe, a space heater can provide the warmth required. It’s not necessary to get the pipe hot or even warm, just heated enough to stay above freezing temperatures.
4. Keep Your Heat at a Constant Temperature
No matter which kind of heating method you use, keep your heater set to the same temperature day and night. Pipes are more susceptible to bursting in the night when temperatures drop, especially if you lower the thermostat to save money. Contact a residential heating service if your home can’t maintain consistent warmth.
5. Leave Cabinet Doors Open
Opening the cabinet that houses a pipe is an effective way to get heat to it. This step allows more air flow and warmth from your home. It’s especially important for pipes that are located by an outside wall, where the temperature can get colder.
Keeping your pipes unfrozen is easy with professional help. If you need oil or propane to warm your home, call Dutch Oil Co. in Moodus, CT. In addition to heating oil delivery, they also offer air conditioning and heating services, water heater installation and maintenance, and duct cleaning. Call (860) 873-3876 to speak with a representative, or visit their website to see all the services they offer.