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.