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5 Tips to Prevent and Repair Frozen Pipes

When water freezes, it expands, which can lead to bursting pipes. Pipes that are in unheated areas, like water supply lines in your basement, are especially at risk for freezing. So how can you prevent pipes from freezing in the winter? Use the following tips:

Winterize your pipes.

Lines leading to outdoor water sources, like swimming pools and sprinkler systems, need to be properly winterized every year. Review manufacturer instructions to drain lines, and turn off water to these outside sources. If you can drain and store hoses, do so to protect them when the weather dips below freezing. Avoid using antifreeze whenever possible, since it can damage the environment. When in doubt, call a professional to help you properly winterize.

Perform annual maintenance on your furnace.

Every year, people deal with pipes freezing within their homes because of furnace problems. If your heat goes out, you’re not just putting yourself at risk. All of the pipes in your home are at risk of bursting. Proper maintenance of your furnace can prevent these kinds of problems.

Here at Gwyn Services, we can inspect your furnace to ensure that it’s running well so you can avoid any heating problems this winter. Learn more here.

Add insulation.

Check your basement, attic, garage, and other areas of your home that get cold during the winter. Are the pipes in these areas insulated properly? If not, consider insulation for the space. You can also get special insulating products for pipes if you don’t want to insulate the entire space, and even newspaper can provide some quick insulation for pipes that are not often exposed to below freezing temperatures.

Stay warm during cold snaps.

If the weatherman is calling for abnormally cold weather, be preventative to keep your pipes warm. Keep doors closed to uninsulated areas where pipes are found, such as the garage. Avoid setting your thermostat to a colder temperature at night. Open cabinets in your home where pipes are found to allow warm air to circulate. Always keep in mind that a slightly higher heating bill is nothing compared to the cost of repairing pipes that have frozen.

Thaw pipes that are beginning to freeze.

Not all frozen pipes burst, at least not right away. If you turn on a faucet and nothing comes out or there’s only a trickle, the pipe might be frozen or starting to freeze. Look for the culprit and use hair dryers, space heaters, or heat packs to melt the frozen water. Keep the tap open so the water can start to flow. Then, insulate the area to prevent the pipe from freezing again.

Frozen pipes are no fun. If a pipe in your home bursts, the first thing to do is turn off the water as quickly as possible. Then, call Gwyn Services to repair the pipe in question, as well as do an analysis of all the pipes in your home so we can properly insulate them or even move pipes so they are better protected from the cold. You can contact us today at 336-774-1818 to speak with a professional about the pipes in your home.