Frozen pipes can be a serious issue and are never. While we do live in Irvine, CA, and don’t often experience the same weather as Chicago or New York, we have still been called out to homes in regards to a frozen pipe issue. We’ve also discussed what to do if your pipes burst, but let’s talk about a few things you can do as a homeowner to prevent yourself from getting into this predicament in the first place and what to do if it gets really bad.
Best way to Prevent Bursting
- Your pipes are more prone to freezing due to their location—especially in unheated areas of the home. Your garage isn’t a typical place to keep heated, so keeping all doors shut as much as possible helps seal out the cold air.
- Take this same consideration when dealing with exterior pipes, such as your garden hoses. When water in the hose freezes, the hose expands, increasing pressure throughout the whole plumbing system. Before the cold front hits us, it’s a good idea to disconnect and drain all your garden hoses.
- You can also place an electric heater or heat source near your pipes to keep the water at above-freezing temperature levels.
Let your water drip from the faucet so that your pipes will not freeze:
- When we say drip, we mean let it drip.
- During the winter season, do not let your water bill go up by turning the faucet on full blast; all you simply need is a little drip coming out of your faucets.
- Periodically, turn on and off your faucets, as running water helps prevent them from getting frozen.
I already have a frozen pipe?
If a trickle happens to come out of your faucet when you turn it on, there’s probably a frozen pipe. Most issues are found in exterior walls or near your water tank. Keep your faucet wide open as running water through the pipe will help melt ice in the pipe. This is why we recommended above to make sure you let your faucets drip!
Keep the thermostat set to the same temperature all day and night:
- In older model homes, we’ve discovered improper insulation in the wall structure. If you have the extra cash, go ahead and try to get those walls insulated as fast as possible.
- If you need to wait it out a bit, we get that, so we offer a second option: turning up your thermostat to increase airflow in the walls and through the floor.
- The heat reaches the crawl space and keeps your pipes from freezing. We recommend the thermostat being no more than 72 degrees in the winter, and keeping it at the same temperature prevents a pipe burst.
Leaving for the holiday weekend? Keep the heat on in your home and set the temperature no lower than 55 degrees:
- Leaving your house can put your pipes at risk If you do plan on leaving your house for a long weekend during the holidays we at Cal Pro Plumbing recommend additional maintenance to your home before you head off.
- Don’t set your thermostat any lower than 55 degrees. In South Carolina, we don’t see the need for it being below 60, anyway.
- Don’t forget to shut off your main water supply and drain all systems by flushing all toilets.
At Cal pro Plumbing, we are committed to helping clients get to the bottom of their plumbing troubles. With over a decade of experience under our belts, we are confident in our ability to solve the most challenging plumbing needs. Shoot us an inquiry and work with the best plumber in Irvine CA, today!