Preventing Frozen Pipes: Essential Winter Plumbing Tips

As winter approaches, one of the biggest concerns for homeowners is preventing pipes from freezing. Frozen pipes can cause significant damage and costly repairs. At Bannister Plumbing & Air, we are committed to helping you keep your plumbing safe and functioning during the colder months. In this guide, we've put together some important tips to prevent your pipes from freezing this winter.

Bannister Plumbing & Air’s Winter Plumbing Tips

1. Keep Your Home Warm

Maintaining a consistent temperature in your home is crucial. Set your thermostat to at least 55 degrees Fahrenheit, even when you're not home. This even heat prevents the pipes in your walls from freezing.

2. Insulate Your Pipes

Good insulation is your first line of defense against freezing temperatures. Insulate pipes in unheated areas such as basements, attics and garages. Pipe insulation is a cost-effective way to protect your pipes and is easy to install.

3. Let Faucets Drip

During extremely cold weather, allow a trickle of water to flow from faucets connected to exposed pipes. Running water prevents pipes from freezing.

4. Seal Up Cracks and Openings

Be aware of drafts near your pipes, especially where they enter and exit your home. Seal gaps around holes where pipes run through walls or floors with caulk or spray foam insulation.

5. Open Cabinet Doors

Allow warmer air to circulate around plumbing by keeping cabinet doors open under sinks, especially if they are mounted on an exterior wall.

6. Disconnect Outdoor Hoses and Shut Off Valves

Before the first frost, disconnect garden hoses and, if possible, use an indoor faucet to turn off and drain water from pipes leading to outdoor faucets. This will prevent ice from forming in these pipes.

7. Know How to Thaw Frozen Pipes

If you suspect a pipe is frozen, turn on the faucet and heat the section of pipe with an electric heating pad, hair dryer, or portable heater (keep away from flammable materials). Do not use devices with open flames.

Bannister Plumbing & Air Is Here to Help

Despite your best efforts, pipes can still freeze. If you're dealing with frozen or burst pipes this winter, Bannister Plumbing & Air is here for you. Our team of trained professionals is equipped to handle any plumbing emergency. Prepare your home for winter and avoid the inconvenience of frozen pipes. For more information or assistance winterizing your plumbing, contact Bannister Plumbing & Air at 903-541-2266. We are committed to ensuring that your home’s plumbing system remains trouble-free year-round.