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How to keep your pipes from freezing this winter

Winter is fast approaching, which means that you need to make sure that your home is in top condition for the poor weather ahead. This is especially true for your pipes, which can often be vulnerable as the outside temperature drops. Frozen pipes can strike any residence and create hundreds or even thousands of dollars worth of damage if the issue is not caught and fixed as soon as possible. Luckily, there are steps you can take to avoid this situation entirely.

First, you will want to check the pipes that are in exposed areas. The plumbing system that will be most vulnerable to cold weather during the winter are those that are not protected by walls or other insulation. Check these areas before the temperatures really drop and cover them with heat tape or pieces of insulation. You should do this with any piping in the basement, attic or crawl spaces.

Making sure that your walls have an adequate amount of insulation will also be a key part of the process. If the walls in your home aren't properly insulated, they won't be able to keep your pipes safe from the cold weather. Be sure to look at the insulation in your walls to see if the amount is adequate enough to keep the pipes from freezing over throughout the next few months.

You should also be diligent to keep your home a consistent temperature each day and night. That way, your pipes will be used to one climate and you won't risk them freezing at night or when you are at work for the day and might consider turning the thermostat down too far.

If you are in need of a professional to fix your frozen pipes, be sure to schedule an appointment with an Arlington plumber at John C. Flood.