5 Things Mike suggests to Avoid Freezing and Bursting Pipes.

Maryland winters cause problems with freezing pipes. Frozen pipes can eventually burst, causing damage and flooding.The good news is, there are steps you can take to help prevent this problem from occurring when the temperatures drop.

#1: Keep the Heat On

If you are leaving for a period of time, make sure that the heat is on. This sounds like a no-brainer, but a surprising number of people turn their heat down to dangerous levels when they go on vacation.

Do not turn your heat down lower than 50degrees or off! The heat does not have to be kept as high as you normally would keep it if you were actually in the property, but keeping it set above 50 degrees Fahrenheit is a good idea.

This should provide enough heat to keep the pipes warm and to prevent any water inside from freezing.

#2: Allow Faucet to Drip

If you are afraid a pipe will freeze, you can allow the faucet to drip slightly. Allowing the faucet to be open like this will relieve pressure in the system.

If a pipe freezes, it is actually the pressure that is created between the blockage and the faucet that will cause the pipe to burst. Allowing the faucet to be open will prevent this pressure from building up and thus, keep the pipe from bursting.

#3: Keep Interior Doors Open

Pipes are often located in cabinets. When the temperatures drop, it is a good idea to keep these cabinet doors open so that the heat from the rest of the house can keep the pipes warm as well. You should also keep all interior doors open so that the heat can flow throughout the home.

#4: Seal Up Cracks and Holes

You should caulk any holes or cracks that exist near pipes. This should be done on both interior and exterior walls. Doing so can help keep the cold air out and the warm air in.

#5 Add Extra Insulation

Pipes that are located in areas that do not have proper insulation such as basements or attics, may need extra insulation to keep from freezing. If you have had a problem with pipes freezing anywhere in your home, extra insulation could be the cure.

Pipes can be fitted with foam rubber or fiberglass sleeves to help decrease the chances of freezing. Additional insulation can also be added to walls and ceilings to keep the pipes warm.

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