How to Cover your Pipes for a Freeze

This winter, cold temperatures in some regions of Arizona will result in frozen and cracked pipes that a Mesa Plumber will have to repair. In outlying areas of Phoenix, temperatures can drop in the 20’s and 30’s.  During one recent winter in Arizona many people spent a long time without water before a Mesa plumber could restore their water supply after their pipes froze or burst. Taking steps to winterize your home’s plumbing by yourself or with the help of a One Stop Plumbing is recommended to prevent this from happening to you.

How to cover your pipes for a freeze

When water freezes, it expands, thus wreaking havoc on your pipe lines if they’re not properly insulated. There are a few things that you can do DIY to prevent your pipes from freezing.

Let the water run – Let the water drip from the line. This will keep water moving and prevent freezing and blockages.
Keep the heat on – Heat running through the home can also help keep the pipes warm.
Heat lamps – Heat lamps can be used to keep small sections of the pipe warm, but please be careful with this option if you are to use the heat lamp unsupervised.
Disconnect water lines – Before bed, disconnect the hose from the spigot.
Cover and Insulate – Have your Mesa plumber come out and apply the proper insulation to exposed pipes. If you’d rather go DIY, run down to your local hardware store and grab some plumbing insulation or heat tape.
Leaks – If your plumbing has any leaks, this could be a recipe for disaster during a freeze. Contact One Stop Plumbing experts to repair those leaks immediately.

If you are unsure whether or not your home’s plumbing needs to be winterized for this upcoming winter, give us a call today.


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