Bitter Boston winters entail of plummeting temperatures and more snow than most people can handle. Nor’easter weather can cause a lot of damage to a home, especially the plumbing. Water has a unique feature that when it freezes, it expands. If the water in your pipes freezes and expands enough, they can burst. The most common types of piping in a home are copper and plastic, which are both susceptible to freezing. To keep your pipes from freezing this winter, follow these tips!
Tips To Keep Your Pipes From Freezing
- Keep garage doors closed if there are water supply lines in it. This will keep warm air inside to protect the pipes.
- Open cabinet doors in bathrooms and the kitchen in order to circulate warm air around the pipes. If your sink is located against an exterior wall, it will need more insulation and warm air flow than if it was located against an interior wall.
- Set the thermostat to the same temperature both during the day and at night. This will prevent the temperature in the attic and basement from dropping dramatically.
- Don’t shut the heat off if you are going away during cold weather. If you shut off the heat for a long period of time the temperature will drop and cause the pipes to freeze.
- Add insulation to attics, basements and crawl spaces. Consider using snap-on foam insulation, fiberglass, foam sleeves, or heating tape to completely cover pipes.
- Consider relocating exposed pipes to indoors to protect them.