Frozen Pipes and How to Prevent Them
When winter arrives in Omaha, the chance of your pipes freezing increases significantly. Anytime the temperature is going to hover around 32 degrees or below, that is when the chance of frozen pipes goes up. Recently, we’ve had weather well below this threshold for days at a time- meaning your pipes could be in danger right now.
The pipes in the most danger are those in your basement and attic. These spaces are typically less insulated than other rooms in your home and can freeze more easily. These rooms are also the least visible in your home, so you may not notice the frozen pipe immediately. A frozen pipe left alone can easily turn into a burst pipe. A burst pipe causes flooding damage to affected rooms and loss of water to parts of your home.
The other vulnerable spots in your home are exterior faucets and hoses. These pipes are closest to the outside and at risk of freezing first. If you don’t check that these exposed faucets are disconnected, it can cause an expensive pipe burst in your future.
Here are some tips from the experts at Benjamin Franklin Plumbing to prevent frozen pipes:
- Keep the Heat On: It may be tempting to turn the heat way down when you leave town for a couple of days, but it’s critical not to follow that instinct. You need to have your heating system set to 55 degrees in order to prevent frozen pipes. This is your first defense against freezing pipes sneaking up on you.
- Insulating Vulnerable Areas: Insulating your attic and basement will help retain the heat in those areas. This tactic will give you two benefits. It will save your pipes and will save you money on your heating bills!
- Insulating Pipes: If you add insulation to the outside of your pipes, you are decreasing the chance of freezing. The insulation stops the water inside the pipes from freezing and bursting. This insulation has some secondary benefits as well: it insulates even when the weather is warmer. So if you run a whole-home AC system, your hot water will not lose any heat traveling through chilly pipes.
Shut Off Outside Water: Before the cold weather sets in, shut off the water to your exterior hoses and pipes. You should disconnect any hoses that are attached to them in order to prevent freezing.
If your pipes do freeze- don’t panic. Your local technicians at Benjamin Franklin Plumbing are here to help. We can assist with repairing your burst pipe or insulating them before they freeze!
Why Choose Benjamin Franklin Plumbing?
Benjamin Franklin Plumbing has been trusted since 2005 to handle all of Omaha’s plumbing needs. We offer a 100% satisfaction guarantee for our services. Our technicians are clean, punctual, and fully trained to service any request. We promise to be on time to every appointment and if there’s any delay- it’s YOU we pay. Trust the experts at Benjamin Franklin Plumbing to take care of your frozen pipes this winter!