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Preventing Plumbing and Pipes from Freezing

One of the most frustrating things about winter time is the fact that your pipes can freeze without too much notice. If your home is prone to sudden cold temperatures, there is something that you can do in order to alleviate that problem. If you want to keep your pipes from freezing, here is what you should know.

1. Install fiberglass

With the installation of unfaced fiberglass insulation, you are able to insulate your crawl space, attic, or any other location. Insulation is important, but it only works if you place it in the right places. If you are unsure where to put the insulation, it is better to leave it to the professionals.

2. Install foam board

Foam board can insulate large areas if you need to protect a really large area, you can use foam board to protect it from freezing. Both unfaced and faced board will work. It is easy to cut and easy to install.

3. Turn off the water

In the worst case scenario, you can always turn off the main water valve in your home while you sleep or are not at home. If the pipes freezes and breaks, it limits the amount of water that is spilled to the water that is currently in the pipe.

4. Turn up the heat

If you have an uninsulated crawl space and an old home, now is not the time to worry about your heating bill. By increasing the heat on the thermostat, you are able to increase the air temperature in the crawlspace. Even though you should use this as a temporary resort, it can offer some benefits right away.

5. Use a space heater

If you have unprotected pipes, you can prevent them from freezing by placing a electric heater nearby. Remember that you can save some energy here, because the goal is not to make the area warm enough to be comfortable and toasty. The goal behind this is to keep the pipe from freezing.

6. Make sure that you are prepared

When it comes to frozen pipes, you have to be prepared with what can happen. You should always know where your water shutoff is, in the event that you do have a problem with a pipe bursting. Imagine trying to scramble for the water shutoff as ice-cold water is leaking into your home.

Also make sure that you have the professionals of Dr. Pipe Drain and Plumbing Services on speed dial, just in case something goes wrong later on. That way, if you need it, you know that professional plumbing service is just a phone call away.

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