During winter, the temperature can drop to a freezing point and cause the water in your pipe to turn into ice. Water expands when it becomes ice and this can cause your pipe to crack. It is costly to repair a burst pipe caused by frozen water. To avoid this cost, you can take the following 5 tips to protect your pipe from freezing.
1. Wrap Heater Tape around the Pipe
One method is to keep the pipe warm by wrapping a heater tape around it. It is best to get a UL (Underwriters Laboratories Inc.) endorsed heater tape to wrap around the pipe. The pipe should be used as intended, for example, if the tape is intended for use on exterior pipe, you should only use it to wrap a pipe located outside of the house. It is important to follow the manufacturer’s instructions when using the heat tape.
2. Use Rubber Insulation to Insulate the Pipe
All pipes should be wrapped in foam rubber insulation to slow down the rate of the air inside the pipe to turn to cold freezing point. There should be no gap in between the insulation wrapping and you must meter it when you reach the end of the pipe. The insulation foam must be kept dry when you are insulating the pipe. Pipes all over your home including attic, and basement can be insulated with the foam rubber. The more insulation you use, the warmer the pipe will be. If you didn’t insulate the pipe under your sink, you can open the cabinet door to let the heat insulate it.
3. Trickle Hot Water over the Pipe
If the weather is extremely cold, you can trickle some hot water onto the pipes from a faucet to keep it warm. Turning on the tap and letting the water run through can also prevent the pipe from freezing. If you lose electricity, you can open the tap and let the water drip slowly at a constant rate. You can let the water drip from the hot faucet at a slow rate first before moving onto the cold faucet and letting it drip faster.
4. Use a Ready Temp
You can use a ReadyTemp to regulate the water temperature in the pipe. Prior to setting the temperature, you should plug the faucet supply line into the wall socket. While setting the temperature, you can open the tap and test the temperature of the water with your hand. You can lower the temperature after the winter season is passed.
5. Check the Sump Pump
Finally, you must check your sump pump and make sure that it is in working condition. You should get a battery backup for your sump pump as power failure can happen at all time. To test the sump pump, you can pour water into it. If it is in working condition, the water should drain by itself. You can contact a plumber to service the sump pump if all these fail.