How to Prevent Frozen Pipes

In Oklahoma we have finally dipped into some freezing temperatures. Because of these freezing temperatures you may have recently woke up to a surprise – no water coming out of the faucet.

If you have ever experienced this you know just how frustrating it can be. Luckily, there are some simple steps that you can take to prevent frozen pipes.

Prevent Frozen Pipes with Heat Tape

1. Heat Tape

Heat tape uses electricity to heat your pipes and keep them from freezing. It can be found at local hardware stores such as Lowes or Home Depot. It is relatively easy to install and requires very little upkeep. You just wrap your exposed or likely to freeze pipes with the tape then plug it in.

If you live in a manufactured home there may even be an outlet near your pipes. The heat tape shown in the picture can be found at Lowes. Most heat tape has a light to let you know that it is plugged in and working. It is good to check this before the first freeze of the year to make sure that nothing has knocked it loose and that it is still getting power.

2. Insulate Your Pipes

Pipe insulation looks like black pool noodles that have a slit down one side. You just insert this over your pipe and you are done. It is inexpensive and easy to do. It is not as effective as the heat tape, but can be very useful for areas that are not exposed or not as easy to freeze. Pipe insulation can also be found and any home improvement store and usually runs around $1/6ft length.

3. Let a Faucet Drip

If you have a particular area of your house that tends to freeze it is a good idea to let a sink near that area drip. This keeps the water moving through the pipes and lessens the chance for freezing. You could keep a pitcher or other container to gather the water so you will not be wasting it. Another way to do this is leave a sink at each end of your house dripping.

Questions?

If you have any questions or need help with any of these procedures please give Provision a call at 918-381-2050.