Freezing pipes is one of the biggest risks during a cold New England winter. Use our tips for ways to keep your pipes from freezing during this especially cold winter and prevent thousands of dollars of damages.
Keep Your Heat On
It can be tempting to see an opportunity to save some money when you go away for a week or so during the winter but be cautious when turning the heat off for a long time. The best way to assure your pipes don’t freeze is to keep the heat on. Instead of turning it completely off, keep the heat on a low temperature so it’s not using as much energy as usual but maintaining a temperature above 50 degrees will keep the house warm enough for the pipes.
Keep the Faucet On Low
Leave one of your faucets dripping slightly to prevent pressure building up in the unused pipes while you’re gone. When a pipe freezes, it is because of build-up pressure between the faucet and blockage so this trick should help you avoid any freezing issues.
Seal All Cracks
If you have any cracks or holes in walls, windows or other surfaces in your home, you are at risk of freezing your pipes. Seal all openings to keep the cold air out of your home and far from your pipes.
Re-Insulate Cold Rooms
Many homes will have a room or two with noticeably poor insulation. Consider insulating just these rooms to keep the price of the project down while significantly decreasing the odds of your pipes freezing this winter!