DENVER (CBS4)- When the weather warms up after a few days of subzero temperatures, that is when plumbers are the busiest. Those frozen pipes thaw and the breaks begin.
Take proactive measures both before and after a cold snap. It’s also important to remember that both copper and plastic pipes can break.
Insulate pipes in the crawl spaces and attic of your home.
Exposed pipes are the most susceptible to freezing. If you don’t have pipe insulation handy, use a blanket in a pinch.
Seal cold air leaks where pipes are located.
Look for air leaks around electrical wiring, dryer vents and pipes. Use caulk or insulation to keep the cold air out and the heat in. Even a tiny opening can let in enough cold air to cause a pipe to freeze.
Disconnect garden hoses and shut off and drain water from pipes leading to outside faucets.
This reduces the chance of freezing in the short span of pipe just inside the house.
Let a trickle of hot and cold water drip overnight.
Let warm water drip overnight, preferably from a faucet on an outside wall.
Open cabinet doors to allow heat to warm pipes.
Uninsulated pipes under sinks and appliances can be kept warm with the heat from inside your home.
“Keep your heat up, the hotter the better. A little more than a drip flowing through pipes,” said Jeff Long with Applewood Plumbing.