How to avoid frozen pipes this winter

How to avoid frozen pipes this winter

RAPID CITY, S.D. — Now that we’re in the midst of a sub-zero streak, it may actually be too late for some homeowners to prevent their pipes from freezing. Frozen pipes are often a problem that trailer home owners face more than someone who owns a traditional house. But that does not mean homeowners are immune from their pipes freezing.
Bill Gillen, HVAC service manager for Action Mechanical, said, “Trailer homes are because all the pipes and everything run underneath. And you want to make sure that the belly on ’em is well insulated and sealed up. Make sure you have all of your access panels on so there is no cold air getting underneath and if possible insulate the panels as well.”
There are a number of different ways you can protect your home or trailers pipes from bursting. Leaving your cabinets open to allow the heat to get in can help prevent frozen pipes as well as leaving your faucet run during the day, even if it’s just a trickle.
“That will help if it’s in a house, it’s not really advisable in a trailer house. Because with the drain pipes exposed underneath, it could start to freeze up on the drains if there is any plugging or backing up,” said Gillen.
When people often leave town they will turn down their thermostat to around 50 or 60 degrees, but that temperature is only around the thermostat – whereas on those outlying areas, it could be around 30 to 40 degrees, which can lead to bursting pipes.

Keeping your thermostat at a constant temperature throughout the day will give your homes pipes a better chance of not freezing. By the time freezing temperatures arrive, it can be too late for some homeowners, which can cost much more in damages then a check up would.

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Tags: Action Mechanical, Bill Gillen, frozen pipes, homeowners, Rapid City, thermostat, trailer homes

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