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Learn how to avoid freezing pipes in your home this winter

February 7, 2021

Freezing pipes are among the most common and expensive problems any homeowner faces come wintertime. If pipes freeze and break, it can cause a lot of water damage to your property and possessions. This disaster is avoidable and in this article, we share with you 5 ways to prevent freezing pipes in the winter.

How Freezing Pipes Happen

When the temperature drops, the water inside the pipes starts to freeze. When this happens, it creates a lot of pressure inside the pipe and often results in pipes bursting. This leads to more serious issues like flooding especially when you’re away on a winter break and there is no one to turn off the water.

Ways To Avoid Freezing Pipes

The best way to prevent freezing pipes from happening is to keep them warm enough to stay above the freezing point. To do so, consider these 5 easy ways to prevent pipes from freezing in the winter.

  • Seal cracks and any openings
    Air gaps don’t only allow cold air in, they also help heat to escape. Before winter, it is best to inspect your home thoroughly for any holes or cracks and have them fixed. Any gaps or openings may cause drafts that will freeze your water systems.
  • Leave the heat on
    If you will not be leaving your house or there will be someone staying in the property, it is best to keep the heat on (at least above 50 F is enough) to keep the pipes warm and prevent the water inside from freezing.
  • Keep your interior doors open
    Even when you leave the heat on, there will always be some parts of the house where there is an uneven distribution of heat. The solution to this is to open all interior doors including the cabinet doors where your pipes are located. This will help keep the heat evenly and consistently distributed around the house and keep the pipes warm.
  • Let the faucet drip
    When the water freezes, it creates a blockage inside the pipe. Allowing the faucet to slightly drip will prevent any pressure from building up between this frozen blockage and the faucet. This will then keep the pipe from bursting and flooding your home.
  • Add extra insulation
    Another preventive measure for frozen pipes is to add extra insulation to your water system especially in areas where drafts are most likely to develop, such as your attic, garage or basement. There are insulations specifically designed for pipe insulation that you can purchase and install - but as always, it is best to seek professional help.
  • Have Fans Blow Heat Into Cold Rooms
    You would want to find a way to supply the rooms or spaces with heat that do not have access to the heaters, especially when it is freezing cold outside. Make use of fans to blow warm air from rooms with heaters into the colder rooms. You can even buy a separate small heater to place inside the room. It helps, especially when there are rooms in your house that have pipes running through them.

Dangers of frozen pipes


Water expands dramatically when frozen, and the sudden expansion is what causes them to burst. This expansion can, at times, lead to some serious water damage all around your home. Even the broken pipe can freeze back over, which causes the hole to enlarge over time. Keep your eyes wide open and be aware of whats going on around your house, and if you find any reason to suspect that if a pipe in your house has burst, hire a professional assisstance right away to find and fix the burst.


However, you would only have to worry about burst pipes when the temperature falls below freezing temperatures. Nonetheless, being vigilant about the same during the months of winter is crucial, especially if you live in a colder climate. If you have not made yourself pre-prepared for the situation and the temperature drops suddenly during the night, you might be in for an unpleasant surprise in the morning.

What To Do If The Pipes Break

When worse comes to worst and the pipes burst, the first thing to do is to turn off the water source and immediately call a professional to fix it as soon as you can.

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