Adjust the thermostat (don't turn it off) to the lowest temperature to prevent the pipes from freezing damage (at least 50 to 55 degrees should do). You want it to be warm enough to prevent your pipes or anything else from freezing. Finally, never turn off the heat when you leave home during the winter. Instead, adjust the temperature to at least 55 degrees F (more if you've had problems in the past or live in an area of extreme cold).
If you have multiple heat zones, be sure to adjust all the thermostats appropriately. The Insurance Information Institute (III) says you should keep your home warm to a comfortable temperature of at least 65 degrees. This is because the pipes are located inside the walls and the temperature there is much colder than in the rest of the house. Any temperature lower than 65 degrees, according to III, may not prevent a freeze from occurring within those walls.
Pipes usually freeze when the temperature is 20 degrees faranheit outside the building that contains them. For more tips and information on how to prevent pipes from freezing and exploding, read on. If you plan to go away during a cold climate, leave the heating on in your home, at a temperature not lower than 55° F. Homes and businesses tend to have a controlled climate all year round, but winter can cause situations where the heating is turned off just when you need it most.
If the heat is going to go away for more than a day and temperatures are going to stay below freezing, preparing the plumbing system for winter can prevent costly repairs from being needed. In addition to carrying out regular home maintenance in winter, it is important to protect the pipes from freezing. Before considering preparing your emergency pipe for winter, think about any other area in your home or business where water flows, including drinkers, humidification systems, and sump pumps. So, before Northern Virginia is blessed with a white Christmas, a white January, and a white February, call Marines Plumbing for an in-home winter readiness consultation.
Frozen pipe cracks usually occur over a period of time (usually during a winter if the pipes are constantly exposed to freezing and melting water). While it's not too complicated to do, winterizing your pipes to keep your home safe requires a little forethought and maybe also a little practice. As you prepare your home for winter weather, make sure that getting your pipes ready for winter is on your to-do list. Preparing your home for winter is vital to preparing all your facilities and rooms for the change in temperature.