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As winter settles in, it’s not just the cozy blankets and the upcoming Super Bowl that demand our attention, Charleston. It’s important to remember that freezing temperatures can pose a serious threat to our homes, specifically our water pipes.

Regardless of whether you live in a frigid climate or a relatively milder one like the Lowcountry, frozen pipes remain a common issue that affects families each winter. Thankfully, by taking a few preventive measures, you can significantly reduce the risk of frozen pipes and the subsequent damage they can cause.

Insulating Exposed Pipes:

One of the easiest and most effective steps to take is insulating your exposed pipes. Pipes located in attics, crawl spaces, or along exterior walls are particularly vulnerable to freezing. By wrapping them with foam insulation sleeves or heat tape, you create an added layer of protection against the cold. This simple measure can go a long way in preventing frozen pipes.

Sealing Drafts and Openings:

Drafts and openings around your home can allow cold air to seep in and affect your pipes, increasing the risk of freezing. Inspect your home for any cracks, gaps, or areas where cold air might enter, and seal them using weatherstripping, caulk, or spray foam. This will help maintain a warmer environment and reduce the chances of frozen pipes.

Keeping Indoor Temperatures Consistent:

Maintaining consistent indoor temperatures, even when you’re away or asleep, can prevent freezing. While it may be tempting to lower the thermostat to save energy, the risk of frozen pipes outweighs the minimal cost savings. Try to keep your thermostat set to a stable temperature throughout the day and night, especially during extremely cold spells.

Allowing Faucets to Drip:

When the temperatures drop significantly, consider allowing faucets connected to exposed pipes to drip. Allowing a slow trickle of water can relieve pressure within the pipes and prevent them from freezing. While this may result in some water wastage, it is a small price to pay to avoid costly repairs and the inconvenience of frozen pipes.

Draining and Disconnecting Outdoor Hoses:

Outdoor hoses are particularly susceptible to freezing and can cause damage to connected interior pipes. Before the cold weather hits, make sure to disconnect and drain your outdoor hoses. Store them in a sheltered space, such as a garage or shed, to prevent them from freezing and potentially damaging your pipes.

Don’t let frozen water pipes become a winter nightmare. By applying these preventive measures from Rudd Plumbing, Heating and Air, you can safeguard your home and minimize the risk of freezing, bursting pipes, and the subsequent property damage. Remember, a little effort and foresight can go a long way in ensuring your home stays warm, dry, and protected throughout the cooler winter season.

If you need any plumbing assistance, trust Rudd Plumbing, Heating and Air – your licensed experts in keeping your pipes flowing all winter long. We are proud to be YOUR Neighborhood Cold Air and Hot Water Experts! Follow us on Instagram for more plumbing tip videos.