Your home is your castle, and nothing beats a warm night inside when the cold sweeps in.
But while your home protects you from bone-chilling weather, it’s under attack from blowing winds and frigid chills. One of the biggest dangers to your home during this time of year is frozen water pipes.
There is still plenty of time for Mother Nature to wreak havoc this winter. Help spare your home by following these tried-and-true tips for preventing frozen pipes. Click on the highlighted questions for more information on answering them.
- What causes frozen water pipes and what makes them burst? Find out why pipes freeze and what causes them to rupture.
- What can I do to prevent pipes from freezing? Protection is key, so learn what you can do ahead of time to protect your pipes from winter’s coldest temperatures.
- What can I do to protect my pipes from freezing if I didn’t freeze-proof my home before now? Don’t fret if you didn’t have time to put long-term solutions in place. There are still things you can do to protect your pipes.
- What are the signs a pipe is frozen—and what should I do if I suspect the worst? Despite your best efforts, pipes sometimes freeze. But there are things you can do to thaw them out and get your system running like normal again.
- What are some long-term solutions for protecting pipes?Protecting against frozen water pipes isn’t just a seasonal activity. The suggestions might be more expensive, but they often save you money in the long run.
- Are there any extra steps I should take if I’m going on vacation?Heading somewhere warm during winter’s coldest days sounds like a great idea, but it can put your pipes at greater risk of freezing. Find out what you can do to prevent frozen water pipes while you’re gone.