Tips to Prevent Frozen Pipes

Although unlikely to happen, are you prepared to ward off burst pipes during freezing weather in your Arizona home? One of the top causes of property damages is the freezing and bursting of pipes during cold weather, which is most likely to happen when temperatures dip below 20 degrees. (While not common, Mesa has experienced freezing temperatures before.)

Here are some tips to protect your pipes during a cold snap.

Insulate Your Pipes

At a cost as low as $0.50 per linear foot, pipe insulation is a cheap way to ensure that sudden drops in temperature don’t wreak havoc on your plumbing. Applying pipe insulation is an easy DIY job that you can accomplish on a weekend afternoon.

Add More Insulation

For additional long-term protection, add insulation to the basement, attic and crawl spaces of your home, and seal cracks around doors, windows, and areas where the house rests on the foundation.

Let Water Trickle From Faucets

If a cold front hits, let cold water slowly trickle from faucets that are served by exterior pipes. The movement of the water helps to keep it from freezing.

Close Garage Doors

Especially if there are water supply lines in your garage, keep its door closed as much as possible when frigid weather hits.

Maintain a Consistent Temperature

If you will be away from home for an extended period during a major cold front, keep the thermostat at a temperature of no lower than 55 degrees. Otherwise, you might find yourself footing a bill of upwards of $5,000 for the resulting property damage from frozen, burst pipes.

Open Cabinet Doors

Particularly in kitchen and bathroom cabinets that abut exterior walls, open the doors to allow warm air to circulate there more easily.

Bottom line: You may never face temperatures that are low enough to cause burst pipes in your Mesa area home, but keeping these tips in mind will prevent serious damage. We offer 24/7 emergency services in case a pipe bursts. To schedule an appointment with Western States Home Services, call (480) 630-3270.