Tips to Protect Your Home and Prevent Your Pipes From Freezing
Holland Board of Public Works (HBPW) is offering tips to help protect customer’s homes and help prevent pipes from freezing during the forecasted cold weather.
Running a constant stream of water is often a tip that is heard throughout the winter months, but it’s not always the only option.
“While it’s true that running water doesn’t usually freeze, economically speaking, a customer will end up paying more in the long run by keeping a drip going,” said Kevin Koning, water/wastewater services superintendent, HBPW. “Keep the meter above freezing temperatures by insulating the meter and piping, caulking cracks and fixing windows all help prevent pipes from freezing. These are all things that homeowners can do at a low cost.”
Holland BPW recommends the following tips:
• Most pipes come into the house through the wall or floor of the basement to the meter. Make sure there are no broken or open windows, cracks in walls or drafty areas by the meter and water service line.
• Insulate the meter and pipe. Batting insulation and foam pipe insulation are appropriate and can be found at most hardware stores.
• For mobile homes, heat tape may be an option if other insulation is not adequate.
• If away from the home for extended periods, set the thermostat no lower than 55 degrees.
“If you turn on your faucet and little or no water comes out, it’s possible your pipes are already frozen,” said Koning. “If this happens, it’s best to call a licensed plumber as soon as possible.”
In addition to calling a licensed plumber, customers should also keep the following in mind:
• Keep the faucet open so water has a better chance of flowing through the frozen area
• Never try to thaw a pipe without a trained professional
• Never use an electrical appliance in an area of standing water
• Check for other frozen pipes throughout your home