Prevent pipes freezing with these tips


Most of us have had the misfortune, where one or more of our pipes have frozen in our home or business premises when the severe cold snaps arrive.  So what tips can we give you to stop your pipes freezing this winter?

There are a number of simple remedies to keep water pipes from freezing when the weather turns severely cold, as well as several remedies that can be costly. Either way, the main idea is to prevent cold air from entering or to warm the area where cold air can’t be stopped from entering. If pipes freeze check for pinhole leaks or cracks (after they’ve thawed) that can cause serious water damage to the home.

So here are the CosiHomes team’s tips to stop your pipes freezing this winter.

  • Cabinets: Open cabinet doors under sinks in the kitchen and bath if the cabinets are located on exterior walls, to allow inside heat to pipes.
  • Heat Pipes: Consider wrapping problem pipes with heat tape that has a built-in thermostat to prevent overheating. Follow the instructions that come with heat tape carefully to keep from causing a fire hazard.
  • Exterior Walls: Have the home’s exterior walls insulated. Caulk and seal around doors, windows, house faucets and outside outlets.
  • Insulate Pipes: Insulate hot and cold water pipes in the crawlspace under your house as well as in the basement, attic, and exterior walls (if accessible) with snap-on foam insulation.
  • Drip Faucets: Drip both hot and cold water at faucets in kitchen and bathroom. This not only keeps water moving through the pipes, but relieves built-up water pressure in the pipes if they should freeze. Set single lever faucets in the centre so both hot and cold lines drip. Pay particular attention to pipes running in outside walls.
  • Icemaker: Set your icemaker to make ice if the icemaker water line runs under house.
  • Garage: Keep garage door closed during extreme cold weather.
  • Foundation: For houses that have a crawlspace, make sure the foundation is completely enclosed, and fill any gaps in foundation walls with caulking or expanding foam. Close or cover the foundation vents under house during extreme cold weather.
  • Garden Hose: Disconnect and drain garden hoses.
  • Check for Leaks: Once the weather has warmed up, turn off any dripping faucets as well as the icemaker, then monitor the water meter for any unseen leaks.

For more details on how CosiHomes can help cut your home heating bills by up to 25%CALL 1890 315315 or EMAIL info@cosihomes.ie


January 18th, 2015