Michigan's winter weather has finally hit with such ferocity that we have been brought to a state of emergency. In light of this, we wanted to shift focus from your floors for a moment and draw your attention to your pipes. With the air getting increasingly colder we advise you to take every precaution to keep your pipes from freezing and/or bursting. To do so, take a look at the list below:
1. Keep all cabinets containing pipes wide open. Kitchen, bathroom, and basement sink pipes must be exposed to your home's heat.
2. Seal all cracks and holes found in your walls immediately, especially those around your pipes.
3. Set your thermostat to one consistent temperature and keep it set there both day and night.
4.If you have plans to leave your home, make sure the temperature is set no lower than 55ºF. Should you plan to be away for an extended period of time, turn off your water supply and drain your water sources.
5. If you can, install pipe insulation over any pipes you have access to.
6. Turn your faucets on just enough to allow a constant drip of cold water. This will keep water moving and prevent freezing.
7. Add heating tape to pipes that are at a higher risk of freezing if necessary. This is a special kind of tape that can be designed to either automatically or manually turn on and off to heat your pipes. It can be dangerous, so be sure to monitor any tape used.
8. If your water supply line is in your garage, close the garage door.
9. Monitor your pipes by turning your faucets on. If your water pressure is down and only a small amount of water comes out you may have a frozen pipe on your hands.
10. If you suspect a frozen pipe in an area that is accessible, use a hair dryer, space heater, electric blanket, or towels soaked in hot water to warm the pipe. For pipes that are not exposed, call a plumber.