Low temperatures greatly increase the risk of water a pipe bursting. Broken pipes caused by cold weather can cause significant property damage. Always protect your pipes, especially in unheated interior spaces like basements and attics. Interior water damage can cost you thousands of dollars to repair after the fact. For the best protection and peace of mind, apply the following tips to defeat the cold.

  • Investigate Pipe Insulation Options: Pipe Insulation can cost as little as 50 cents per linear foot at the hardware store
  • Keep Garage Doors Closed: Keeping the cold away from water supply lines in the garage helps to protect pipes.
  • Open kitchen and bathroom cabinet doors: This allows warm air to circulate and around the plumbing.
  • Let the cold water drip from a faucet: Even a trickle of water through the tap can prevent cold pipes from freezing solid.
  • Keep the thermostat set at a fixed temperature: Avoid turning the thermostat down at night even if it saves you a few bucks.
  • Add insulation in the long term: Insulating attics, basements, and crawl spaces help maintain a safe temperature for pipes.
  • If you have frozen or busted pipes, make sure to:
    • Turn on the faucet
    • Apply heat until the full water pressure is restored.

Remember that an extra expense or effort often outweighs a hefty repair bill.

For more information on protecting or repairing pipes, call the experts at Bird Dog Plumbing in Longview, TX.