Winter can be brutal on your home’s siding, roof, gutters, and pipes. Many homeowners don’t realize that frozen pipes aren’t just a “cold climate” problem, either. In fact, homes that are in warmer climates are more susceptible to frozen or burst pipes because they likely were never insulated adequately for cold weather.
Regardless of which area of the country you’re in, you need to take the necessary steps to prevent frozen pipes this winter, especially boiler pipes. Your family depends on your heating system for warmth on chilly winter days.
Check out these five simple tips for preventing frozen pipes:
- Don’t turn the heat off. Even if you plan on going on vacation for several days or weeks, keep the heat running. While the thermostat doesn’t have to be set at a comfortable living temperature, you do need to keep it above 50 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Seal air gaps around pipes. Heat loss can occur when there are gaps around piping on interior and exterior walls. Caulking these areas can help to keep the warmth inside.
- Add extra insulation around pipes. Most often, pipes in the home are found in basements, attics or garages. These are, generally, colder areas of a home. Regardless of where your boiler is located, it may be a wise idea to add extra insulation in these areas. The insulation acts as a barrier, preventing cold air from getting inside and warm air from escaping.
- Add heating tape to pipes. There are different types of heating tape and cable available. One variety is able to sense when the pipes are cold and need warmth. The other variety needs to be plugged in whenever the pipes require warmth. It can be unplugged after temperatures rise.
- Keep doors open inside your home. Instead of shutting the interior doors, leave them open so that heat can travel more freely throughout your home. This helps prevent areas that are excessively warm or cold.
Have questions about your boiler or want more information about how to prevent frozen pipes this winter? Give us a call at 855-890-2163.
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