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How to Avoid Frozen Pipes

Posted on: January 25, 2017 |

Hardy Hoosiers, we know how to protect ourselves from winter’s frigid temperatures. We bundle up in sweaters and gloves and scarves before we head outside. Indoors, we adjust the thermostat, drink warm beverages, and maybe snuggle up in a blanket.

Unfortunately, too many of our customers here in Central Indiana forget about their plumbing until it is too late. When you neglect your plumbing you run the risk of icy morning showers, frozen or cracked pipes and even flooding and leaks on the coldest days of the year.

Simple steps to avoid frozen pipes

Just taking a few extra minutes to take these simple steps to avoid frozen pipes will help to prevent these potential problems

Leave Water Running – If the Indiana winter forecast calls for temperatures below zero even if there is no snow or freezing rain predicted, it is time to take preventative steps. Leave the faucet in all your sinks (bathroom, kitchen and even mud room) dripping slightly to reduce pressure in the pipes. It only needs to be a slow trickle, not a stream. This is especially important for any pipes which are not located on interior walls.

Let warm air circulate – Leave cabinet doors under the sinks in your kitchen and bathrooms open so warm air will circulate around the pipes. Just like you bundle up when you go outdoors, bundle up your pipes. You can also use foam padding sleeves to guard your pipes during the colder months to help keep exposed plumbing warm.

Remember those pipes in the basement or unused areas of your home, too. Don’t let frost accumulate or cracks develop which can lead to so many other problems.

Don’t Forget the Outdoors – When freezing temperatures hit, you definitely want to disconnect water hoses from faucets. Drain the hose and bring it indoors if you can. You also need to close the shut-off valve on the pipes that lead to your outdoor spigots. When spring decides to arrive, roll the hose back out.

In addition, you can use insulating faucet covers, rags or trash bags around your outdoor faucets for extra protection.

Heading to Warmer Climate –  When you leave town you probably ask one of your neighbors to get your mail, feed your cat, and watch the house. Add one more thing to their to-do list. If the weather gets cold, you want them to turn on the faucets for you.

What to Do if Your Pipes Freeze

Life happens. Even if you’re prepared for the worst, there’s always a chance something could go wrong. If your pipes do freeze and cause damage to your home, follow these guidelines.

  • Turn off the water immediately. Leaking water from thawing pipes could cause an electrical shortage.
  • Call Chapman Heating & Air Conditioning for help.
  • Do not use heat lamps or electrical appliances to thaw your pipes.
  • Contact your insurance agency if severe property damage has occurred.
  • Take as many photos of the damage as possible before repairs are made.

Call Chapman Heating and Air Conditioning at 317-291-4909 or schedule an appointment today. 

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