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By Tim Mozelak

If you live in constant fear that your unheated water pipes can freeze, burst, and cause a watery mess in your garage, basement, and elsewhere, it’s time to turn that fear into an action plan.

The best part is, it doesn’t take a ton of effort to prevent pipes from freezingprovided you follow these simple steps:

  • Keep your house temperature at 55 degrees or higher, even if you’re going away on vacation.
  • Open cabinet doors below sinks and against outside facing walls to allow indoor heat to circulate. This is especially important when outdoor temps are below freezing.
  • Use foam insulation to cover the pipes nearest exterior walls plus those in your garage, crawl space, and other unheated areas.  Also, consider insulating the inside of your garage door or replacing yours with one that’s pre-insulated.
  • Close all windows near water pipes and cover or close open-air vents to block freezing wind drafts.
  • Heat your basement and consider weather-sealing your windows.
  • When it’s below freezing, turn on one water faucet before going to bed and keep it lukewarm.  All you need is the smallest trickle as moving water can’t freeze.

 

So, what should you do if a pipe freezes and bursts, despite your best efforts to prevent it?

 

  • Shut off your main water valve.
  • If the break is in a hot water pipe, shut the valve on top.
  • Contact CT Mechanical Solutions for prompt and dependable assistance.

In fact, no matter what the plumbing, drain, or water heat problem might be, we have the right solution, and always with a guaranteed upfront price.  Contact us today for the help you need.