Avoid frozen water pipes with these tips from the city

A few home safety tips from the City of Riverton with a full week of sub-zero temperatures forecast.

These tips are about ways to prevent pipes from freezing in your home. Even if home maintenance isn’t your forte, these simple tips can save you time and money.

1. Cover exposed pipes – When your plumbing pipes are exposed, they are more prone to freezing and bursting, especially if they are located along exterior walls or in unheated areas such as a basement or attic. To prevent this, it is a good idea to protect the pipes with insulation.

2. Insulate Unheated Spaces – When you have plumbing running through an unheated basement, attic, garage, or crawl space, the piping doesn’t get as hot as it would in a heated bedroom or living room. By insulating unheated areas in your home, your pipes will stay warmer and less likely to burst. Plus, well-insulated homes trap heat more efficiently, which can save you money on your winter heating bills.

3. Keep the faucet running on extremely cold days – You might be surprised that something as simple as running a faucet can help prevent pipes from freezing. But it’s actually one of the most effective things you can do. You don’t have to run the faucet on full blast, but make sure you have at least a slow drip. For best results, select the faucet that is furthest from the water source. Doing so will keep water flowing through a large portion of your plumbing system, keeping it active and less likely to freeze. Likewise, if you have any faucets that are serviced by exposed pipes, it’s a good idea to let them drip as well.

4. Open the cabinet doors – Another small (but useful) strategy to prevent burst pipes is to open the cabinet doors under the kitchen and bathroom sink. The heated air from your home will then begin to circulate under your cabinets and heat your ductwork.

5. Seal Leaks and Drafts – Our final tip to prevent burst pipes this winter is to patch drafty areas in your home. When you have gaps or leaks between the inside and outside of your home, it’s possible for cold air to get in, lower the temperature around your pipes, and cause your pipes to burst.

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