Keep Your Pipes from Freezing this Winter
As the temperatures begin to drop to near or below freezing at night, there is little doubt that winter is on its way to Fort Collins. While there’s nothing more beautiful than the winter months in Colorado, frozen pipes are a common problem for many residents during this time of year. Whether you’re a renter or a homeowner, there are many things you can do to protect your plumbing from freezing during the upcoming months, and in today’s blog, we’ll review a few of them.
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Tips to Prevent Freezing Pipes
When the temperatures drop below freezing, the plumbing in your rental home could be at risk of freezing. Below are a few easy things you can do to prevent this from happening.
Keep the Tap Running
The water in your pipes are more likely to freeze if the water is standing still in the plumbing lines. To prevent water from standing still, you can very easily leave a trickle of warm water running overnight or any other time when the temperatures drop. Of course, if you leave the faucet trickling, be sure the drain is open and free of debris that might prevent the water from flowing through it as it should.
Monitor Your Thermostat
Many people adjust their thermostat at night or during the day to keep the house cooler while they sleep or while they are at work. While doing so may help with your home heating expenses, it can be a recipe for disaster if the temperatures drop unexpectedly. It is recommended that you keep the thermostat set at the same temperature (at least 55℉) during the day and the night to keep your pipes from freezing.
Open Cabinet Doors
Plumbing in exterior walls is usually insulated, however, other pipes near exterior walls may not be. Even if they are not in exterior walls, pipes inside of your home can and will freeze if they are near an exterior wall and the ambient temperature drops too low. To combat this, you can open cabinet doors so that heat can get to uninsulated pipes. This will allow warm air to surround them to prevent freezing.
What to Do if You Suspect Frozen Pipes
Sometimes, you can do everything right and your pipes may still freeze. If you turn on the faucet and no water comes out after a particularly cold day or night, the water in the line may be frozen. Should this happen, leave the faucet turned on and contact a member of the Middel Realty team at 970-221-2300. It is very important that you do this as soon as possible so that we can call a professional to come and remedy the problem.
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At Middel Realty, we take great pride in offering the best rental homes to residents of Fort Collins, and we believe in empowering our tenants by providing home maintenance tips that will ensure the best rental experience possible. Check out our emergency repairs tips page for more information! In the meantime, if you have a question about your lease or you are interested in checking out a new property, contact us! We look forward to speaking with you!