How To Prevent Frozen Pipes In The Cold Chicago Winters
We all know how Chicago winters can be so keeping yourself and your family warm is a top priority. Otherwise you’re putting your health at serious risk. Sure, you’re tough and have braved many Chicago winters before, but even if you grew up familiar with this climate, you still need a warm home to come to. Your body needs a break. It can only take so much.
That’s why it’s essential to keep your pipes ice-free so warm air can circulate freely throughout the home. Frozen pipes are also at the risk of breaking from the pressure water gives as it transitions into a more solid state. When this happens, even metal is vulnerable to damage. But how do you avoid this problem? Follow these simple tips to save yourself the trouble and you can enjoy the sight of white flurry from your windows.
- Close all faucets you wouldn’t need to use except for the outdoor taps so any water that freezes has room to expand without breaking the pipes. Drain the pipes and hoses before winter arrives. Take extra care to ensure areas where water is present but there’s lack of sufficient heat. Include the swimming pool and the supply lines to the water sprinkling system. While antifreeze is more convenient, it’s an environmental hazard so best to avoid it and drain water in areas where it’s unnecessary during this cold season. Who goes swimming in December, anyway?
- Increase insulation in the attic, crawl areas and the basement to increase the temperature and prevent water from freezing. Pipes can be insulated using pipe sleeves or heat tape. There are inexpensive insulation solutions that won’t break your budget such as foam. You can also use newspaper and other materials if those mentioned aren’t readily available.
- Set your the temperature to a consistent level for both day and night. While using a higher temperature when you normally won’t need it can increase your bills, you’d end up saving the money you would’ve spent on broken and frozen pipes. This includes when leaving the home, especially for long periods of time and you don’t have the technological features that allow you to control the temperature remotely. Preferably not lower than 55 degrees.
- Invest in opening up your walls and increase the insulation in there, especially if you have pipes in those areas. While it seems costly, it’s actually a money-saving tip to prevent the huge expenses you’d incur from frozen pipes in your wall.
It pays to be diligent in guarding the house from the cold. Following these tips would save you a lot of money and headaches, but there are several more tips to keeping your place and the pipes warm. Too bad we can’t fit it all here or we’d be writing a book. Interested in more ways you can prevent your pipes from freezing? You’re not alone. That’s why our business exists. Consult the experts, Builders Heating & Cooling at (708) 375-5228 to be fully prepared for the worst of winter.