After last February’s deep freeze, New England residents learned the hard way that it can cause serious issues for plumbing. Pipes burst, significant water damage occurred, and people lost hot water access. This year, it’s important to think ahead and expect the likelihood that those conditions could make a return. Thankfully, there are ways to prevent frozen pipes this winter.
At Cushman, we want to help make sure your home is as safe as possible for you and your family, especially during difficult winter months. Here are some steps to take to ensure that you avoid frozen pipes and the issues that come with them.
Ways to Prevent Frozen Pipes
Start With Your Outdoor Faucets: If you have any hoses, valves or faucets outside, make sure they are all shut off, then make sure to let out any remaining water after they’re turned off. You can also buy faucet covers to protect them from freezing temperatures.
Insulate Your Pipes: Consider purchasing foam insulation, heat tape or heat cables to make sure your pipes are staying warm. Insulate pipes that are located in exposed areas of your home like your attic, basement, garage, etc. In some extreme cases, consider your sinks in your bathroom or kitchen.
Keep A Faucet Drip Going: If it starts to get extremely cold, it’s a good idea to let a small amount of water drip from faucets to relieve pressure in them and prevent ice from forming.
Check The Thermostat: Although it’s tempting to adjust the heat up and down in the winter to save money, keeping a consistent temperature in your home can help keep your pipes ice free.
Seal Up Any Leaks: Check the house for any leaks or cracks that could let in cold air. Also seal up any holes in interior or exterior pipes and keep your garage door closed when not in use.
Keep Warm Air Circulating: Make sure to open doors or cabinets to keep warm air circulating throughout the house. This creates an even heat distribution around rooms.
Reducing these risks can make all the difference during winter in your home. Cushman Insurance wants you to live more and worry less this season, so make sure to follow these instructions to avoid serious, costly issues.
Contact us for more information or to review your home insurance policy.