We've all seen news stories on the disastrous effects that freezing pipes can have in Northern Virginia. So how can you prevent them in your home? Here are some tips and facts that can help you stay ahead of the game.
- Have a plumber drain water from outdoor lines like swimming pool and water sprinkler supply lines following manufacturer's or installer's directions.
- Drain and remove hoses attached to your home and store them in a warm place. Be sure to close inside valves supplying outdoor hose bibs. You can then open the outside hose bibs to allow water to drain.
- Have a technician insulate pipes in your basement, crawl space, attic, garage, and under kitchen and bathroom cabinets. Both hot and cold water pipes in these areas should be insulated.
- Keep your garage doors closed to protect pipes inside.
- Open kitchen and bathroom cabinet doors to allow warmer air from inside the home to reach the plumbing.
- Let cool water drip from faucets. Running water through the pipe - even at a trickle - helps prevent pipes from freezing.
- Keep the thermostat set to the same temperature both during the day and at night. Temporarily use this technique to prevent freezing pipes.
- If you will be going away during cold weather, be sure to leave the heat on in your home, set to a temperature no lower than 60° F.