Are you worried about your pipes this winter? At Larry & Sons, we hear from a lot of homeowners who either end up with frozen pipes or who are afraid that they will. Here’s what you can do to give yourself peace of mind this winter and protect your pipes.
Check their Location
Pipes that are up against outside walls or in an uninsulated garage, attic, or basement are more likely to freeze than those inside heated parts of your home. As long as your heater is working, you probably don’t need to worry about most of your pipes. Locate the ones that might present problems before winter comes.
Wrap them in Insulation
Buy pipe insulation at your local hardware store. Usually, you simply need to wrap this around the pipes in question to help them stay warm enough all winter long. Make sure you follow the directions on the package and that your insulation is rated for the low temperatures you’re likely to get this winter.
Keep them Warm
If you’re still worried about your pipes, can’t find insulation, or you have some that have frozen before, set up a space heater near the pipes. Don’t put it too close to the pipes but do make sure that its heat is getting to them. You won’t want to run this all the time in an uninsulated area but it could save your pipes during a cold spell.