Ways to Prevent Your Home’s Pipes from Freezing

Avoid Frozen or Burst Pipes  

Winter and real estate don’t go hand in hand. Many of us know how hard winter can be on a home. Ice, snow, wind, rain, and freezing temperatures can surely wreak havoc on your property. One major concern is frozen pipes bursting, causing a whole lot of damage and expensive repairs. While home insurance in Royersford, PA covers many winter-related damages, you can take active steps to protect your home’s pipes from freezing.

  • Insulate pipes that run along the exterior wall of your home or are located in unheated, exposed areas with insulation sleeves. Pay particular attention to vulnerable pipes in the basement, attic, garage, and crawl space.
  • Seal air leaks in your home and garage. Even the smallest amount of cold air getting through a gap can freeze pipes. Look out for draughts around windows and doors, electrical wiring, dryer vents, and pipes.
  • Leave the heating on even if you’re heading out of town. Resist the temptation to turn off your heat! Turn your heating down to no lower than 55 degrees Fahrenheit that will keep the pipes from freezing without draining your wallet.
  • If the weather hits extremely cold temperatures, let the water drip slowly from faucets connected to at-risk pipes. Open kitchen, bathroom, and laundry room cabinet doors to allow warm air to circulate around the plumbing.

The first sign of a frozen pipe is usually little or no water when you turn on your taps. If your pipes do freeze, call a plumber and make sure you know where your main water shut-off valve is and how it works!

While you prevent frozen pipes, allow the professionals to handle your homeowners insurance needs. Contact Falco and Associates to get started on your tailored policy.