Frozen pipe prevention tips

EMBED </>More Videos

Here are some tips and tricks for frozen pipe prevention during the frigid Chicago winter. (WLS)

Here are some tips and tricks for frozen pipe prevention during the frigid Chicago winter, from PuroClean.

Insulate pipes - Try to keep water pipes only in heated spaces. If that's not possible or if pipes are close to exterior walls or windows, use insulation sleeves or wrapping. A space heater can also be used to blow heat over pipes in areas with limited or no heat.
Let it drip - When it is 20 degrees or lower outside, let cold water drip from faucets to help prevent pipes from bursting. This provides relief from the excessive pressure between the faucet and ice blockage when freezing occurs.

Heat when away - The temperature inside can be lowered if no one is home, but be careful not to lower the heat too much. Do not lower the temperature past 55 degrees Fahrenheit if leaving for an extended period of time.

Drain the system - Another option for homeowners leaving for an extended period of time is to drain the water system. Do so by turning off the main valve and opening the water fixtures until water stops running. Knowing where the main water valve is located is critical if pipes freeze.
Maintain a consistent temperature - Keep the thermostat set at the same temperature both during the day and at night when people are home.

Adjust cold spaces - Add or replace existing insulation to basements, attics, crawl spaces and garages to maintain higher temperatures in otherwise unheated areas of the home.

Outdoor faucets - They can cause water damage by getting frozen. Two different types of faucets.

For more information, visit
Related Topics:
(Copyright ©2019 WLS-TV. All Rights Reserved.)