As a homeowner, you have to be prepared for the effects of the weather. Cold weather can cause your pipes to freeze, which can eventually damage your home. When water freezes, it expands, which means that it puts tremendous pressure on the pipes. Handyman Connection® of Chicago Central explains how to prevent your pipes from freezing:
Tips to Prevent Frozen Water Pipes
Start by draining the water from your swimming pool and water sprinkler supply. Handyman Connection of Chicago Central also recommends that you remove and drain the hoses you use outside and store them. If the water inside the hose freezes, it can freeze the water all the way back to the faucet. Don’t use antifreeze because it can damage your landscaping, and it’s not environmentally friendly.
If your home’s water supply is located in your garage, keep the door closed when the weather becomes cold to keep the water from freezing. On the other hand, you want to open your kitchen and bathroom cabinet doors regularly. Doing this will allow your home’s warm air to circulate and keep the plumbing in those areas warm. If the weather is very cold, let the cold water drip from the faucet served by the exposed pipes. The flowing water will prevent the pipes from freezing.
Thawing Frozen Pipes
There are ways to thaw frozen pipes without much hassle. First, try applying heat to the frozen section of the pipe using an electric pad. You can also blow dry the exposed pipe with an electric blow dryer. Do not use blow torches, kerosene heaters or propane heaters. These things can damage your pipes.
Handyman Connection of Chicago Central can help you with all of your plumbing, carpentry, storage and electrical needs. We’re confident in the quality of our workmanship, which is why we back all of our projects with a satisfaction guarantee. Call us at (773) 530-1119, or contact us here to learn more about our services and products or to get a free estimate.