Just last week it felt like summer would last forever in Lafayette Indiana. Now, the cold weather has rushed into Lafayette, IN and it’s here to stay. Although the cooler temperatures provide us with relief from the heat, our plumbing isn’t so lucky. Indiana cold weather can cause a number of plumbing problems that range from chilly morning showers to burst pipes.
Fortunately there are a number of steps you can take to reduce your likelihood of plumbing problems. Below we’ve listed some simple and cost effective ways to protect your pipes.
Insulate Your Pipes
Similar to insulating your walls, you can insulate your pipes to protect them from freezing. To guard your pipes, use special insulating tape or padded foam sleeves. Consider using lamps or space heaters to keep exposed pipes warm but remember to keep them at a safe distance. Also be sure to check your pipes weekly for ice and developing cracks.
Just as drafts in your home affect you, they can affect your pipes. Check around your house for water lines in unheated areas and do what you can to reduce the flow of cold air. Common locations are attics and crawlspaces, basements, and under kitchen and bathroom cabinets.
Shower Throughout the Day
In order to maintain pressure and proper temperature, shower throughout the day or wait 10 minutes to shower after someone else.
While you can take preventative measures to protect your plumbing, sometimes complications arise.
In the event of a frozen faucet:
- Leave cabinet doors open. This will allow heat to circulate.
- When the temperatures start to drop, run a little bit of water through each faucet daily.
In the event your pipes freeze, crack, or burst:
- Turn off your water at the main shut-off valve. This will prevent problems as the ice melts.
- Leave faucets on to relieve pressure as ice melts.
- Use a blow dryer to thaw frozen pipes.
- DO NOT use open flames to thaw pipes.
If your pipes freeze, crack, or burst, our licensed Lafayette plumbers are here to help. Call us at (765) 427-7863. Or contact us for a free estimate.