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Home Maintenance / April 26, 2017
Freezing weather might be uncommon, but as a homeowner, you need to be prepared for any type of emergency. Frozen water pipes are one of the more challenging issues you can face during cold weather. Handyman Connection of McKinney provides you some tips to keep your pipes from freezing:
1. Insulate Your Attic and Pipes – You need to assess the insulation needs of your attic, crawl space and other areas of your home. Install insulation over poorly-protected pipes if you see any. We recommend hiring a professional to evaluate your home’s insulation. They have the experience and resources to properly protect your home.
2. Let Water Drip From the Faucet – You can let cold water drip from the faucet connected to the exposed pipes when the weather is very cold outside. Running water through the pipe will help minimize the risk of freezing.
3. Open Cabinet Doors – The wall where your plumbing runs can be vulnerable to the cold. Opening your cabinet doors along this wall helps project heat into where the pipe runs. You can also try placing an electric heater in front of the cabinets to add more heat.
4. Prepare for the Cold – Drain water from water sprinkler and swimming pool supply lines according to the manufacturer’s directions. Remove, drain, and store the hoses you use outdoors. Use blocks of foam insulation on the foundation vents leading to crawl spaces. Make sure that you know the location of your water shut-off valve in case a water pipe breaks. Look up plumbers who can help you in case of an emergency.
Handyman Connection of McKinney can provide you with more detailed tips and advice for your home’s general maintenance needs. We can help you with our aging in place, carpentry, decks, drywall, maintenance, installation, and painting services. We also provide a satisfaction guarantee for your peace of mind. Contact us to learn more tips on preventing frozen water pipes. You can also request a free estimate.