Best practices to avoid freezing pipes.
Every year in central Oregon many people suffer from frozen pipes and water damage due to our frigid temperatures. This is a fairly easy situation to avoid. By taking some precautions before the freezing temperatures begin.
The following recommendations can help you avoid these situations:
Ensure foundation vent covers are closed and insulated. This helps prevent piping under the house from freezing and rupturing.
Leave the heat on in the home even when you are going to be gone for an extended length of time.
Be sure any exposed plumbing is well insulated. An example is where your water line comes out of the ground and into the house.
Open cabinet doors to allow heat to get around uninsulated pipes under sinks and appliances near exterior walls.
If you are concerned about freezing pipes, let your water run just a little. It only takes a stream smaller than a pencil to prevent freezing.
Remember to always keep an eye on the weather. Long periods of freezing temperatures and winds can increase the chances of your pipes freezing.