Learn how you can prevent your pipes from freezing over this winter.

As temperatures drop, your chances of frozen pipes increase significantly.  Unfortunately, frozen pipes can burst, resulting in expensive and extensive damage to your home.  Luckily, there are precautions you can take to reduce your chances of frozen pipes this winter.  Try out these tips to avoid the damage caused by frozen pipes.

Keep Your Heat On

One way to prevent your pipes from freezing is by setting your temperature at 55° F or higher at all times.  While it might seem like a waste to keep your heat on even when you’re not home, your heating costs will pale in comparison to the money it would take to repair the damage caused by a burst pipe.

Open Up Cabinet Doors

Most of the piping in your home runs behind your cabinets.  By opening up your cabinet doors, you are ensuring that heat flows around your pipes.  This will ensure that they do not freeze.  Additionally, you should make sure to open up the other doors in your home.  This will promote heat flow to all your home’s pipes and plumbing.

Let Your Faucets Drip

When pipes freeze, it is actually the pressure that builds up behind the blockage that causes the pipe to burst.  If you fear that your pipes might freeze despite your best efforts, then you should let all the faucets in your home drip slightly.  This will relieve some of the water pressure in your pipes and will prevent your pipes from bursting.

Try out these tips to avoid the damage caused by frozen and burst pipes this winter.  Want another way to protect your home against damage?  Make sure you have the right insurance protections in place.  For assistance with your insurance, contact the professionals at Fullhart Insurance Agency.  Serving all of Waldport, Reedsport, Sisters, and Tigard, Oregon, and the surrounding areas, we serve all your personal and commercial insurance needs.

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