- When pipes freeze, they prevent water from flowing
- If the forecast calls for freezing temperatures, consider turning your facets on so that they drip
- The cost of repairing flood damage far outweighs the cost of leaving your heat on.
If you live in Salt Lake City or Park City, it’s important that you know how to keep your pipes from freezing. When temperatures drop very low, if the pipes aren’t properly cared for they can easily freeze.
When pipes freeze, they prevent water from flowing. This means that you won’t be able to run water in your home. If left unchecked, frozen pipes eventually burst. Burst pipes can lead to a lot of flooding, damage, and costly repairs.
Let’s look at a few simple things you can do during the winter to keep your pipes from freezing:
Allow the Faucet to Drip
If the forecast calls for freezing temperatures, consider turning your facets on so that they drip slightly. When a faucet is open it relieves pressure in the system, keeping the pipes from bursting.
Keep The Heat On
It might be tempting to turn the heat down to save some money if you’re leaving your home or office for an extended period of time, but this can be potentially dangerous for your pipes. If you are going out of town, keep your heat on.
Leaving the heat on helps prevent pipes from freezing and bursting. The cost of repairing flood damage far outweighs the cost of leaving your heat on. You can turn the heat down a little bit, but no lower than 50 degree Fahrenheit to ensure safety for your pipes.
Keep Interior Doors Open
In most homes, water pipes are located in cabinets. In order to keep the pipes warm and the water from freezing, consider opening the cabinet doors to allow heat inside. We also recommend keeping your interior doors open to allow warm air to freely circulate through your home.