Monthly Archives: February 2014

Tips to Avoid Water Freeze-Ups

Pipes in attics, crawl spaces and outside walls are all vulnerable to freezing, especially if there are cracks or openings that allow cold, outside air to flow across the pipes. Cracks and holes in outside walls and foundations near water pipes should be sealed with caulking to keep cold wind away from the pipes. Kitchen and bathroom cabinets can keep warm inside air from reaching pipes under sinks and in adjacent outside walls. It’s a good idea to keep cabinet doors open during cold spells to let the warm air circulate around the pipes. Electric heating tapes and cables are available to run along pipes to keep the water from freezing. These must be used with extreme caution; follow the manufacturer’s instructions carefully to avoid the risk of fire

When away from the house for an extended period during the winter, be careful how much you lower the heat. A lower temperature may save on the heating bill, but there could be a disaster if a cold spell strikes and pipes that normally would be safe, freeze and burst.

Homeowners should also be aware of where there water service enters the house from the curb stop, which is generally located between the sidewalk and curb or generally 5 to 10 ft. behind the street. Residents sometimes clear to much snow off in front of their property’s, which will cause frost to penetrate faster and deeper, snow acts as a good insulator and should not be removed over water services, unless absolutely necessary.