#1 – The Big Door:
What is the biggest door in your house? The garage door of course! The first thing you can do to ensure pipes do not freeze this season is keep your garage door closed if there is a water supply line in your garage. Simple. Done.
#2 – Open that Cupboard!
The next thing you can do to avoid costly frozen pipes is open your kitchen and bathroom cabinet to allow warmer air to circulate around the plumbing. (BUT: Be sure to move any potentially harmful cleaners and household chemicals up out of the reach of children.)
#3 – Let your faucet trickle.
Believe it or not, running a trickle of water out of the faucet of exposed pipes helps avoid frozen pipes. If you have any exposed pipes during the cold weather, running a trickle out the faucet will keep it from becoming frozen.
#4 – Keep the Temp the Same.
Keep your thermostat set to the same temperature both during the day and night. While many people temporarily turn down their thermostat at night to conserve cost on their heating bill – it can have an effect on your indoor pipes
#5 – Don’t Skimp!
If you will be going away during cold weather, don’t skimp! Leave the heat on in your home and set to a temperature no lower than 55° F.
So you’ve done all that and you still suspect a leak?
For more information, please contact a licensed plumber or building professional at DRF 630-615-7000