Indoor plumbing is made up of a series of pipes, drains, and other components. The system carries wastewater out of the property and brings freshwater in. Keeping the plumbing system healthy is important because even the slightest water leak can end up costing you a lot in repairs.
Protecting the pipes is one way that you can take care of your plumbing. In the winter, this becomes more difficult during extremely cold weather. This guide will walk you through several methods of protecting the pipes and preventing them from freezing.
One of the reasons that the pipes will freeze is if they are in areas with little or no insulation. Mobile homes are a good example of this since the walls and floors are so thin and lack the protection of a basement underneath the home. If you know your home needs more insulation in places with exposed pipes, you can have more insulation added. The insulation made for pipes looks like a pool noodle that is cut lengthwise. You simply cut it to the right length and slip it onto the exposed pipes. This should keep them from freezing during the winter season.
Another way to prevent pipes from freezing is adding heat tape to the pipes. Heat tape is a special type of type that is designed to insulate the pipes once it is wrapped around it. It should be used with caution and only on certain types of pipes. For instance, you should never use it on plastic pipes unless it states that you can on the package. Otherwise, it can melt and cause a fire. Always follow the manufacturer's instructions to the tee when using this product.
Heating cables can also be wrapped around pipes to protect them. The cables wrap around like a snake. You can space the cables out every few inches. Heating cables are electrical and need to be plugged into a power source to work. Some of them even have timers on them so you don't have to remember to shut them off. You can secure the cable to the pipes using heat tape so it stays in place.
By using these methods, you will give your plumbing the best chance of not freezing in severe winter weather. You can also keep all the faucets running at a steady trickle to keep the water flowing. Open cupboard doors in the kitchens, bathrooms, and any other areas with exposed pipes. This will allow warm air to reach the pipes. Keep the temperature in the home as warm as possible.
Contact a plumber for more information.