Tips for Avoiding Frozen Pipes
Come the winter, it can get pretty cold in the West Midlands. Frozen pipes can become a problem. Water freezing inside your pipes can lead to broken pipes. This can be an expensive repair as well as an inconvenience.
There are tings you can do however to mitigate against your pipes freezing in the cooler months. Be aware, it’s not just the cooler months. All year round, a significant cold snap or unseasonal cold weather can freeze the water in your pipes.
Identifying a frozen pipe is relatively simple. Turning on a tap and getting only drips or nothing is the first sign, particularly if other taps in the house are flowing freely. If it’s really cold outside, you can nearly count on the stemmed flow being a result of a frozen pipe or pipes.
As with anything, prevention is better than a cure. Here’s six great tips that will keep your pipes from freezing.
Keep the Heat On
Often when we duck away for a few days holiday or a work trip, we turn our heating off to save money. It’s a good idea to leave the heating on. Of course, you can turn it way down, but just that little bit of heat is enough to prevent your pipes from freezing. A setting of 10 degrees Celsius is all it takes to prevent the problem.
Let the tap drip
Often we are aware of a pipe that is prone to freezing. Allowing the tap to drip slightly may not prevent freezing, but it will prevent the pipe from busting.
Pressure between the tap and frozen section is the cause of pipes bursting. A slightly opened tap prevents the pressure from building, the steady flow of water is also likely to prevent the freezing in the first place.
Put a bucket under the drips to collect the water. Use it for drinking water or gardening.
Often we have pipes the are secreted away in cupboards. The bathroom and kitchen are examples of this. When the doors of the cupboard are closed, the space remains chilled as the heating does not get inside.
Prevent the pipes in the cupboard from freezing by simply leaving the doors open. This way, heating from the house reaches the hidden pipes. This is a great idea if you’re leaving the house for a few days.
Heating tape can be a great solution for easily accessible pipes. The tape that senses when it needs to heat up is the most convenient.
The tape that needs to be switched on and off is equally effective, you simply have to have a greater level of awareness.
Whichever tape you use be aware. You are mixing electricity with metal and potentially water. This is a volatile mix. While a very safe product, we recommend giving Gastek Solutions a call for advice and installation.
The best solution is the permanent solution. Adding insulation to the pipes, walls ceilings and crawl spaces that house your pipes is often the best solution of all.
Spaces that are easily accessed, like basements, ceiling spaces inside cupboards and the like can be undertaken easily and inexpensively if you’re a little bit handy.
When the pipes are difficult to access of concealed behind walls or in high places, it is best to call Gastek Solutions. The technicians from Gastek Solutions will be happy to drop by your place and provide advices, solutions and a quote.
Frozen pipes can lead to busted pipes. A busted pipe can cause flooding and untold damage to your home. Employ the above-mentioned tips and/or Gastek Solutions.
We cannot stress this enough. In the case of frozen pipes, prevention is always better, and more cost effective than the cure.