How To Prevent Frozen Pipes
There are a few steps homeowners can take. Here’s how to stop pipes from freezing:
• One of the most effective methods is to keep the temperature in the home above freezing, especially in areas where pipes are located, such as basements, attics, and crawl spaces. It is also a good idea to insulate any exposed pipes to keep them warm. If a cold snap is expected, it can be helpful to open cabinet doors to allow warm air to circulate around pipes under sinks, and to let faucets drip to keep water moving through the pipes.
• If a pipe does freeze, it is important to thaw it out as soon as possible to reduce the risk of it bursting. This can be done by applying heat to the affected area using a hair dryer, heating pad, or space heater. It is important to never use an open flame or propane torch to thaw pipes, as this can be dangerous and may cause a fire. If the pipe is inaccessible or the problem cannot be resolved, call Green Attic for assistance.