How to Prevent Your House’s Pipes from Bursting in Cold Weather While You’re Away

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Lately it seems that global warming has been digging its claws in deeper and deeper, as recent winters seem to have been colder than ever.

One of the best things about traveling is that you can leave home during the cold winter months, travel to some far off location (where it is summertime) and return home once the cold weather has gone.

One potential problem with this, however, is that leaving your home alone during this cold weather can be bad for its plumbing/pipes, as the icy cold may cause them to freeze up and burst.

In addition to this, if you have a vacation/second home you may need to consider protecting its plumbing from the winter cold (since you’ll not be there most of the time).

Running hot water through the pipes (by using them normally) stops them from bursting, but since you’ll be away from home (and assuming you don’t have anyone staying in your home while you’re away), this isn’t an option.

So how can you protect your plumbing while out of town?

Frozen pipesWhile there’s (sadly) nothing you can do about the freezing temperatures, there are a few things you can do to ensure your home’s plumbing is protected while you’re off enjoying warmer spells.

The people over at The Money Pit (a home improvement blog) suggest pouring a small amount of (non-toxic) antifreeze down your sinks and into your toilet bowls.

Doing so should get this antifreeze into your home’s pipes, and stop them from freezing and bursting during the cold weather.

The people at DoItYourself.com also recommend turning off the valve that connects your home to the water supply. After doing this you’ll also need to drain the pressure from your water tank.

Doing so should limit the amount of water in the pipes, meaning there’s less water available to freeze up, expand and crack the pipes).

For advice on how to do this, click here.

If you’re only going away for a night or two you don’t need to worry about this, but if you’re going away for long periods it’s something to consider.

Taking a few minutes to prepare your home can save you hours of trouble (and lots of money) in the long run.


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