There are two words that no Kansas City homeowner wants to hear during winter – frozen pipes. Damaging, costly, and just plain frustrating, having your pipes freeze is a winter nuisance that is a result of the cold weather many are experiencing all over the Midwest.
To prevent your pipes from freezing – and the water damage that comes with it – take action today with these simple steps:
Maintain a Warm Temperature
One of the easiest ways to keep your home’s pipes from freezing is to keep a consistent temperature in your home, both day and night. Avoid automated setback features on your thermostat, and instead choose one temperature for both day and night. This will keep your home from fluctuating, and give your pipes the consistent warm air they need.
Let Faucets Drip
When you leave for work in the morning, and when you go to bed at night, turn on your faucets to a slow drip. This trickle of water keeps movement flowing through your pipes, making sure they don’t freeze when they aren’t in use for hours at a time.
Add Supplemental Heat
Make sure your pipes stay warm enough by investing in a space heater. Great for exposed exterior pipes, space heaters will keep the area well above freezing, and subsequently, your home protected.
Ensure Proper Insulation
To help keep your entire home warmed during below freezing temperatures, maintain proper insulation. From sealing doors and windows to reinforcing your attic to even simply making sure you shut your garage door, every little bit of insulation helps keep warm air in, and pipes from freezing.
Frozen pipes are the last thing you want to deal with on a subzero day in Kansas City, so take the time to prevent them now with these easy tasks, before the cold takes over and damage is done.
To learn more about how to prevent frozen pipes in your home this winter, visit Overland Park Heating and Cooling.