Preventing Frozen Pipes in Arvada, CO
When water freezes, it expands. When this expansion happens inside your pipes, it places pressure on the material and can cause them to break. Pipes that are most susceptible to breaking are outdoor hoses, water sprinkler lines, and water supply pipes that are in unheated interior areas like basement, crawlspaces, attics, garages, or kitchen cabinets. Here are some tips from the American Red Cross to keep your pipes in good working order this winter.
Before it gets too cold, follow these steps to prevent freezing:
- Drain water from sprinkler supply lines. Do NOT put antifreeze in these lines. Antifreeze is dangerous to humans, pets, and wildlife.
- Remove, drain, and store hoses that are used outside and be sure to close inside valves that supply water to these hose bibs. Open the outside hose bibs so water can drain and keep these outside valves open so any remaining water can expand without causing the pipe to break
Here are steps for once it gets cold:
- Keep garage doors closed if there are water supply lines in the garage
- Open kitchen and bathroom cabinet doors to allow warmer air to circulate around the plumbing
- When the weather is very cold, let the cold water drip from faucets, running water helps prevent frozen pipes
- If you go away during any cold weather, leave the heat on in your home. Try setting your temperature no lower than 55° F.
Suspect you have a frozen pipe? Here is how to thaw them safely
- If you turn on a faucet but only a little bit of water comes out, suspect a frozen pipe
- Keep the faucet open. As the water begins to melt, the running water will help melt ice in other places in the pipe
- Apply heat to the section of pipe using a heating pad, hair dryer, or space heater. Don’t use any open flame devices
- Check your other pipes. If one is frozen, chances are others have frozen too