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Best Way to Stop Frozen Pipes

How to Stop Frozen Pipes

During the winter, you are mainly preoccupied with maintaining your heating system, so your plumbing system may not be at the forefront of your mind. Unfortunately, your plumbing system is vulnerable to frozen pipes in the winter. No homeowner wants to deal with that – especially when they burst and cause water damage in your home. Below are some steps you can take to prevent frozen pipes.

Let The Faucets Drip

Let cold water drip from faucets. Running water through the pipe will prevent pipes from freezing, even if it’s just a trickle.

Invest in Heat Tape

Consider installing heat tape on exposed water pipes or hot and cold supply lines that are located in unheated areas, like the garage, under kitchen and bathroom cabinets.

Keep Garage Doors Closed

A lot of homes have water supply lines in the garage. If this is the case in your home, keep the garage doors closed to prevent cold air from making direct contact with your water supply lines.

Keep a Consistent Temperature

Set the thermostat to a temperature that is comfortable in both the daytime and at night. Lowering the temperature at night could result in frozen pipes.

Take Care of Outdoor Hoses

Before the temperatures get too cold, drain and disconnect all of your outdoor hoses to prevent them from freezing.

Be Mindful of "Vacation Mode"

If you are jetting off for an extended period of time this winter, set your thermostat to 55 degrees F. If you set the thermostat any lower, you might come home to frozen pipes.

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If you need assistance preventing or thawing frozen pipes, count on the team at Lancaster Plumbing, Heating and Cooling. Our Service Professionals are highly trained and have the tools and technology for all your plumbing needs. We are dedicated to your safety and comfort, call 717-207-8198.

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