10 Dec

Keep Your Pipes From Freezing And What To Do If Disaster Strikes

  • Karen Mares
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How do you keep your pipes from freezing? There’s always a possibility of  frozen pipes when temperatures skid to the 32 degrees-and-below mark. Here are a few tips on how to keep your pipes from freezing, and what to do if disaster strikes:

Keep Your Pipes From Freezing:

  • Let your faucets drip overnight, particularly uninsulated pipes located on an exterior wall. Lukewarm water is your best bet.
  • Keep cabinet doors to those areas open to allow the heat from your house to circulate around pipes near exterior walls.
  • Keep your thermostat set to the same temperature both day and night.  Experts recommend setting it no lower than 68 degrees. 
  • Know where your main valve and water heater valves are, just in case.
  • Consider investing in pipe wrap. Pipe wrap is a relatively inexpensive and easy way to help keep your pipes from freezing. Pipe wrap as the added benefit of preventing heat loss throughout the season. 

Monitor Your Pipes For Signs Of Trouble:

  • The first sign of your pipes freezing is reduced water flow from a faucet. Check the flow before you go to bed and when you wake up.
  • Check your pipes around unheated areas, exterior walls, and crawl spaces. They tend to be the most vulnerable.
  • Check for drafts and caulk areas near pipes where you feel cold air coming in.

If Your Pipe Freezes:

  • Inside, a hair dryer can do a great job of warming up the pipe. Just make sure you’re not standing in water!
  • Heat water on your stove and soak towels in the hot water, then wrap your frozen pipe in the towels. Start with the portion of the pipe nearest the faucet.

If Your Pipe Bursts:

  • Turn off your water at the main valve.
  • Call us! We’re here to help, seven days a week : Westside (Beaverton, Lake Oswego, Tigard and surrounding areas): 503-620-9111 Eastside (Gresham, Troutdale, West Linn and surrounding areas): 503-253-0030

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About Karen Mares

A Portlander born and raised, Karen lives in Southwest Portland with her husband and children. Karen has kept journals throughout her life, and she began her personal blog, Random Thoughts From A Suburban Mom in 2007. She hasn't stopped writing online since, channeling her passion for words and information into writing and communicating through social media and blogging.