In the state of Oklahoma, where McCaleb Homes builds and lives and where winters can bring freezing temperatures, it's crucial to take steps to protect household pipes from freezing. If this is one of your first winters here, here are some ways to protect your pipes from freezing once freezing temperatures arrive.
One of the most important things to do is insulate your pipes. Insulate both hot and cold-water pipes, especially those exposed or located in unheated areas like basements, attics, and crawl spaces. Pipe insulation sleeves or wrapping can help prevent heat loss and they are readily available at any home improvement store.
Next you should identify and seal any gaps or cracks in walls and floors near pipes. This helps prevent cold drafts from reaching the pipes and causing them to freeze.
Disconnect and Drain Outdoor Hoses
Mccaleb Homes are always built on spacious lots. So, if you have been gardening a lot this year in yours, take some time to drain your outdoor hoses. Before winter arrives, disconnect, and drain water from outdoor hoses. If left connected, water can freeze in the hose and back into the pipes, causing them to burst.
Install Heat Tape
As an added layer of protection, consider using heat tape on susceptible pipes, especially those located in areas prone to freezing. Follow the manufacturer's instructions for proper installation.
Keep a Slow Drip
On extremely cold nights, allow faucets connected to vulnerable pipes to drip slowly. This can help relieve pressure in the pipes and prevent freezing.
Open Cabinet Doors
For pipes located under sinks, open cabinet doors to allow warm air to circulate, especially during extremely cold weather.
Prepare for Extended Absences
If you plan to be away from home during cold weather, consider shutting off the main water supply and draining the plumbing system to prevent frozen pipes in your absence. Just peek at the weather forecast for the week or so you will be gone to get a read on if you should anticipate freezing temperatures or not.
And that’s that! Just a few simple, easy and cheap precautions that every homeowner should know about. Taking these precautions will help safeguard your household pipes against freezing temperatures, reducing the risk of costly damage.
By McCaleb Homes 11-30-2023