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Preventing Pipes From Freezing: What You Can Do

If your pipes freeze and break this winter, hire a trenchless pipe repair service. First of all, these repairs wont dig up your lawn like traditional repair methods, something that 73% of homeowners would gladly pay more for. Second, it actually costs less. Trenchless pipe repairs cost about 40% less than other repair methods. Third, its the right way to fix your pipes. Other methods will just set your home up to experience the same problem five to 10 years from now.  That being said, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Here’s what you can do to keep your pipes from freezing this winter.

Take care of your hoses

The first thing you should do is to remove, drain, and store any and all of the hoses you use outside. Once youve done that, close the inside valves that supply the outdoor hose bibs. Then, open the outside hose bibs to drain whatever water might still be in there. Leave it open so that any water that didnt drain can expand without breaking the pipe.

Make sure your house doesn’t get too cold

Heating bills can get pretty expensive during the winter. Many homeowners prefer to turn their thermostat down and just put a sweater on, but be careful. If you turn it too low, you run the risk of freezing your pipes. Some experts recommend keeping your house at 68 degrees or higher, while others recommend setting the furnace no lower than 55 degrees.

Insulate outdoor pipes

If you have exposed piping outside, you might want to get a pipe sleeve, heat tape, heat cable, or some other such material that can help prevent pipes from freezing. Worst case scenario, you can even use newspaper to insulate your pipes. Even just a quarter-inch layer will provide significant protection to areas that aren't frequently exposed to prolonged temperatures below freezing.

In the event that your pipes do wind up freezing this winter, remember to hire a trenchless pipe repair service. You'll be glad you did. If you have any questions about preventing your pipes from freezing, feel free to share in the comments.

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