- To help keep your pipes from freezing, it is important to keep the air around them warm
- If your pipes are located in the basement or attic, you may need to add some extra insulation
- Electrical heating tape is another reasonable option if your pipes are easily accessible
If you live in Salt Lake City or Park City, you’ve probably heard about freezing pipes. Water pipes can easily freeze during the cold winter months. If you’re pipes freeze, they can sometimes burst, leading to flooding and costly repairs.
In a previous post, we looked at some simple and easy things you can do to keep your pipes from freezing. Now let’s look at some more labor-intensive, but sure-fire ways to help keep your pipes warm when temperatures drop below freezing.
Add Extra Insulation
If your pipes are located in the basement or attic, you may need to add some extra insulation. Extra insulation can help keep your pipes from freezing. In some cases, it might be best to add extra insulation to all of your water pipes, especially if you’ve had trouble with freezing pipes in the past or a specific room of your home is prone to getting chilly.
There are two main ways to add extra insulation. You can fit your pipes with a foam, rubber, or fiberglass sleeve. This sleeve decreases their chances of freezing. Generally, it’s a very cost-efficient option, but it can get a little pricey if you have to open up your walls or floors to gain access to the pipes. However, it’s important to note that paying to repair flood damage if your pipes burst would probably be more expensive in the long run. Another option would be to simply add insulation to your walls.
Apply Heating Tape
Electrical heating tape is another reasonable option if your pipes are easily accessible. There are two types of tape: one that senses when heat is needed and turns off and on itself, and another which you’ll have to plug in when temperatures dip below freezing. Heating tape is potentially very dangerous and you should always follow the manufacture’s instructions.
Seal Up Cracks and Holes
To help keep your pipes from freezing, it is important to keep the air around them warm. You should seal any cracks or holes that exist near or around your pipes. Use caulk on the interior and exterior walls to make sure cold air stays out and warm air stays in. Not only does this keep your pipes from freezing, it also keeps warm air from escaping your home, which in turn should help lower your energy bill.