Unfortunately, the holiday season is over but we still have several weeks left of the cold weather season. This is the time of year when many homeowners like to plan vacations and trips out of town to see loved ones.
Taking a vacation this time of the year is a great way to recover from the stress and Chaos of the holiday season as well as a time to get away from the cold weather and go somewhere that is warmer. However, you do have to leave one thing behind and that is your home.
Many people are concerned about what condition their home will be in when they get back. This is especially true during the winter time as a frozen and subsequently broken pipe is not unusual.
If you are planning a trip away from home this winter and you’re worried about a pipe freezing and bursting while you are gone – make sure to take these precautions:
- There is a product called heat tape that can be installed and will warm pipes as needed during cold weather. While you could do this yourself, you may want to consult with an Indianapolis plumber to learn some best practices.
- Seal leaks that allow cold air into your home where pipes are located. Look for air leaks around electrical wiring, dryer vents, and pipes. Use caulk or insulation to keep the cold out. With severe cold, even a tiny opening can let in enough cold air to cause a pipe to freeze.
- Prevent temperatures from dropping below 32 degrees in any areas of your home where water lines are located.
- If you still have concerns about your system, call a licensed plumber and ask them to come to your home and advise you about how to prevent pipes from freezing.
- Keep a small drip of water coming out of your faucets to make sure that water doesn’t stand still and freeze
- Keep your cupboards doors open to allow warm air to get inside and battle against the freezing temperatures
- Keep the thermostat in your home set to 55 degrees to make sure that your pipes stay warm but your power bill doesn’t go off budget
Make sure to implement some of the precautions before you set off on your winter vacation. This will give your home some protection and will give you and your family some peace of mind.