4 Tips for Preventing Frozen Pipes During Freezing Temperatures

Cold weather is upon us with a forecast to dip even lower later this week. As we slip into extreme weather, especially for the Florida Panhandle, it’s important to take precaution to ensure you pipes are not at risk for freezing. Ideally, it’s best to have your heating and plumbing systems serviced annually but if you haven’t there are still things you can do right now to protect your pipes.

Tip #1 Keep Your Inside Temperature Consistent

If your home is warm, it will help keep your pipes warm too. It’s important to keep your heater on if you leave your house for a long period of time or go on vacation. The colder your house gets, the colder your pipes will be, increasing the likelihood of them freezing.

Tip #2 Turn Off Water Valves and Stow Away Outdoor Hoses

If you have outdoor hoses, make sure to disconnect, drain and put them away before extreme weather hits. Additionally, it’s smart to turn off the outdoor water valves to avoid any drainage that could potentially cause a freeze.

Frustration after a burst pipe

Tip #3 Keep Your Faucets on (Just a BIT)

When you allow your facets to drip, it keeps the water flowing and ultimately reduces the chances of pipes freezing.

#4 Drain the Pipes Most Susceptible to Freezing

This will typically include any outdoor pipes, such as sprinkles, hoses, and swimming pool lines.

For more information on how to protect your property against extreme weather or fix repairs caused by extreme weather, contact APEX Disaster Specialists at (850) 660-6900.