Preventing Frozen Pipes
North Carolina has been experiencing abnormal below freezing temperatures that have never been seen, or felt, for such a long period . The 1-2 inches of snow locally in the Clayton area left everyone home for several days due to the freezing temps sticking. With the abnormally low temperatures we’re seeing, our office is getting a lot of calls about frozen pipes bursting. More snow is due today. So, before those cold temps come back let’s go over some tips to prevent your pipes from freezing.
· Remove all hoses from your outdoor faucets.
· Keep the outside valve open so that any water remaining in the pipe can expand without causing the pipe to break.
· Adding insulation to attics, basements and crawl spaces will help keep them warmer. Hot and cold water pipes should also be insulated in places such as garages, kitchen cabinets and bathroom cabinets.
· Let cold water drip from faucets. Even a drip can prevent pipes from freezing.
· Use electrical heating tape on exposed pipes.
· Never let your heat go below 55 degrees.
· Protect outside faucets with foam faucet covers.
If you suspect your pipes to already be frozen please call a licensed plumber to come and take the of the problem.