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How to Keep Your Pipes from Freezing

Winter temperatures can be incredibly harsh, especially here in Ohio. Sometimes, pipes can even freeze. In this blog, we’ll go over some suggestions to prevent your pipes from freezing. They’re simple things anyone can do!

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Prevent frozen pipes this winter with these great tips! 


Let the faucet drip. Surely, you’ve heard this before. Leaving the water running keeps the pipes from freezing. This is because letting the faucet drip relieves any pressure in the plumbing system. When this pressure builds up, that’s what causes pipes to freeze. We recommend letting warm water drip during incredibly frigid temperatures.

Keep the thermostat the same all day. You may be tempted to turn the temperature lower when you aren’t at home or maybe at night. When the temperatures are below zero, though, you certainly don’t want to keep switching the thermostat around. Leaving your home at one consistent temperature allows you to have peace of mind that your pipes won’t freeze.

Close garage doors. This is especially important if you have water line supplies in the garage. You want to keep as much heat surround your home and these products as possible.

Apply heating tape. For short sections of pipe, we suggest applying heating tape. This helps heat the pipes in a much more direct way. Be sure to read the instructions and warning labels closely as these products can be dangerous. Similar to using space heaters, be careful not to leave them on for too long.

Seal any cracks or holes. This will help prevent additional cold, winter air from getting indoors and potentially freezing your pipes. Leaving cracks or holes, especially in any exterior walls open and exposed is almost asking for frozen pipes.

Open kitchen and bathroom cabinets. When you open the cabinet under the sink, the pipes can benefit from some of the heat coming from your furnace. Keeping the cabinets closed only keeps the frigid air near the pipes, particularly if they’re by an exterior wall.

Try all these tips to ensure your pipes don’t freeze this winter! If you run into trouble, though, Shakley Mechanical is here to help. We proudly offer plumbing services in Ashland, Mansfield, Wooster, and many surrounding areas. Contact us at 419-281-6909 to learn more.

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