A wintery blast has invaded Georgia this week, so it makes it perfect timing to revisit some helpful tips to protect your home from the effects of frozen pipes.
According to DisasterSafety.org you should follow these recommendations to prevent your home’s pipes from freezing.
Insulate and seal attic penetrations
Check the insulation and make sure to seal partition walls, vents, plumbing stacks, electrical and mechanical chases in your attic.
For pipes that are more prone to freeze, you may want to invest in some pipe insulation just to be safe.
Provide backup power
This is a big one, if you were to lose power to your house make sure you have a reliable backup power source to the building to ensure the ability to warm your home and prevent pipes from freezing.
Set reasonable temperatures
This may be tough, especially if you’re a stickler with the thermostat in your home, but keep the temperature set at a reasonable level even if you’ll be away from your house.
Install a temperature monitoring system
You can install an automatic excess flow switch on your main water line, which could provide early detection if a pipe or valve is broken in your home.
Monitor sprinkler systems using a central station
To prevent your sprinkler systems from freezing during cold temperatures, consider heating the sprinkler control rooms or use a central station to alert you when a pipe fails. Also, if you are expecting freezing temperatures it’s probably a good idea to turn your sprinkler system off. I’m sure your neighbors would appreciate you not blasting the sidewalks like a scene from Frozen.
Let faucets run
If you’re expecting freezing temperatures set your faucets to drip. This could prevent the pipes from freezing or even relieve pressure should the pipes begin to ice over.
Open cabinet doors
Try to keep your bathroom and kitchen cabinet doors open during freezing temperatures to allow the warm air from inside your home to circulate the pipes.