Winter is just around the corner. Time to start thinking about winterizing your home. You probably know that you need to cover your air conditioner or swamp cooler. Did you know that you also need to winterize your water pipes? Frozen pipes can burst, leading to serious water damage inside your home. You don't have to spend a lot of money on winterization products. Here are four quick ways you can protect your pipes from freezing.
Open Your Cupboards
You keep the inside of your home warm during the winter. Why not use that warmth to protect your interior water pipes? Before you go to bed at night, open the cupboard doors beneath your sinks. The warm air will circulate around the pipes, keeping them warm and preventing the water inside from reaching freezing temperatures.
Turn On the Water
When water is moving through the pipes, it's less likely to freeze when the temperatures dip. One easy way to prevent frozen water pipes is to keep the water flowing. Turn the faucet on just enough to allow a drip or two every minute. The flow of water will help prevent freezing. Be sure to place a bowl or bucket under the faucets. In the morning, you can use the water for your plants.
Grab the Pool Noodles
If you have a pool, you probably have a supply of foam pool noodles left over from the summer. Don't throw them away. Put them to good use protecting your pipes. Cut the foam in to 6" to 12" long pieces. Use a knife to cut a lengthwise slit in each of the noodles. Open a noodle and wrap it around an exposed water pipe. Wrap several layers of duct tape around the noodle. Repeat the process on all your exposed pipes, especially outside. The foam noodles will insulate the pipes and prevent freezing.
Spray On the Foam Insulation
Spray foam insulation is designed to expand and harden once it's sprayed on to a surface. Spray a generous amount of foam insulation around your exterior water pipes. The foam will form a hard insulated sleeve around the pipes. If you ever need to repair your pipes, simply chip away at the insulation and apply a new layer when you're done with the repairs.
Frozen water pipes can burst leading to serious flood problems inside your home. You can help prevent floods by keeping your pipes insulated against freezing temperatures. The suggestions described above will help you protect your pipes. For others ideas on how to protect your pipes, contact a plumber in your area.