Tips to Prevent Frozen Pipes

Water frozen on the outside of a pipe

Home is where we go to forget our worries, not discover more! But Indiana winters can be brutal on houses not prepared to take on frigid temps. Pipes are most vulnerable to Old Man Winter. And frozen pipes can lead to a messy and expensive repair. Service Plus offers four tips to prevent your pipes from freezing (and possibly bursting).

Incorporate insulation

Add insulation as a protection protocol this year. All pipes are at risk for freezing, but exposed pipes are an easy target for cold elements to penetrate. Add protectors such as foam insulators that easily slip over pipes. Heat tape and thermostatically managed heat cables also can be used to wrap pipes if a foam option isn’t available.

Seal leaks and cracks

Even the smallest leak or crack allows the cold to enter your home. Be mindful of air leaks around dryer vents, pipes and electrical wiring. Use insulation or caulk to keep these areas protected. Seal cracks in your basement or crawl space with foam spray.

Let warm water drip

While we don’t support wasting water, sometimes a warm trickle of water will prevent you from having to replace burst pipes. Do this on nights that plummet below zero or when the wind chill is arctic. Choose the faucet that is farthest from the water source for optimal flow. Already dealing with burst pipes? Schedule a pipe repair with us; we are here to help.

Open cabinets

On colder nights, leave cabinets that house water pipes open. Just like it heats your home, warm air also circulates pipes and helps keep them cozy.

The health and comfort of our customers is our top priority this winter. Build a winter-resilient home by adding insulation, sealing openings, allowing warm water to drip and opening cabinets. Incorporating a pipe-protection protocol will ensure a smooth transition into this new year. Call us at (317) 434-2627 or schedule a service today!

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