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Avoid Frozen Plumbing Problems This Year: How to Winterize Your Pipes

The colder months of winter in Cincinnati bring holidays, snow, and all sorts of cold-weather fun. But, if you’re not careful, that cold weather can also bring bursting pipes. Before the temperatures drop, make sure your home is prepared for the freezing temperatures that will soon come your way. One of the first steps you can take is to winterize the pipes in your home.

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Pipe Insulation

Your pipes are vulnerable when temperatures drop below freezing. If you want to create a solid defense against frozen pipes, then pipe insulation is the answer. It’s not only your first line of defense, but your strongest. While most homeowners can do the work to insulate their pipes, it’s a good idea to call in your plumber for a final check before the weather turns. They’ll be able to spot any areas of concern, and help you protect your home.

Dripping Faucet

You’ve heard it before, but you really should keep your faucets dripping overnight, and when you leave the house for several hours, anytime the temperature drops below freezing. Turn on the faucets along the outside of your house as well. A small, steady drip is all that’s needed.

Open Cabinet Doors

As the temperature drops outside, your furnace kicks on to heat up your home. However, not all areas of your home feel the heat equally. Opening cabinet doors below your kitchen and bathroom sinks will keep those pipes much warmer, decreasing their risk of freezing on a cold night.

Related Read: What is Hard Water and How Do You Know If You Have It?

Seal Off Your Crawl Space

If your home is ventilated by crawl spaces you should seal them off as the temperatures start to drop. If your home has a basement, make sure you search for any cracked windows. You’ll need to repair them before the cold air seeps through and connects with the pipes.

Fix Exterior Cracks

Check the exterior of your home for any cracks or holes. While a small crack might not seem like a major concern, they let cold air reach your pipes and spell trouble in the winter months. Repair these areas, and consider adding insulation, to prevent the freezing air on your pipes.

Know Where to Go

Before the freezing temperatures arrive, make sure you locate your home’s water shut-off valve and learn how to properly turn it on and off. If your pipes start to freeze, shut off your water before they burst.

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