With Thanksgiving on the horizon and football on TV, many of us stand ready to pack it on like a linebacker for the colder months ahead, well at least in some parts of the country. I think it’s going to be a cold one this year, I’ve witnessed doublewide squirrels around the yard big enough to take on the neighborhood cats. By cold I’m not talking 50 degrees at night, I mean freezing, like broken pipes cold.
Many of you across the nation know what I’m talking about, and unfortunately I’m sure many know about frozen pipes too!
Pipes freeze because we leave them exposed to the cold. Pretty simple, but why do they freeze when they run in our basement or crawlspace? Are they really inside or outside?
The real problem is usually not the pipes, it’s often the home. Ductwork and plumbing that runs through spaces that can freeze leads to inefficiencies, discomfort and headache. When hot water heaters, boilers and furnaces exist in these same spaces, they work double time trying to deliver something warm to the rest of the home. This is definitely a home performance issue.
We could leave it to a plumber to fix it by moving the pipes, but since they were put where they are for a reason, this often won’t work. And that heat tape you had wrapped on the pipes and forget to plug in now, is either expensive (when you turn it on), unreliable (when you forget to turn it on), or both! The better option: apply a little home performance and fix your home. As with every other part of the home a trained eye will help define how to make it work best. Insulation air sealing and you can enjoy the game instead of spending the night in the basement with a hairdryer feeling like a frozen turkey or worse with a mop after the pipes burst.
Stay warm…and dry!