In the cold winter months we often think about ways to keep warm. But keeping your water pipes warm is crucial, too. If you don’t, you can end up with some serious damage to your home.
- If you have exposed pipes in your home’s crawl space or attic they may be exposed to sub-freezing temperatures. If your insulation doesn’t provide enough protection for those piples, you may want to install heat tape or heat cables.
- Don’t under-heat your home. Sometimes homeowners turn their thermostats way down (or even off) to save money when they are away from the house for long periods of time. That may save a little bit on heating costs, but it can set you up for frozen pipes in the house. You’re better off if you keep your heat at 50 degrees or warmer. And you may want to leave kitchen and bathroom cabinet doors open to allow heat to reach pipes if you’ll be gone for a long time during cold snaps.
- Check exterior walls for small holes or cracks that can let cold air in. Pay particular attention to electrical outlets, dryer vents and pipes that lead from the inside to the outside. Use caulking or insulation to seal these leaks.
If you hate coming home to a cold house and waiting for the furnace to kick in, an ADT Pulse® system can allow you to adjust your thermostat remotely and turn the heat up a few minutes before you get home. And you can even have a feature that monitors for water leaks so that you’re alerted if there ever is a problem with your pipes. Click here for more information.