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How To Prevent Freezing Pipes in Indiana Winters

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Indiana is known for its bitterly cold winters, making frozen pipes a serious risk for homeowners. When pipes freeze, it’s more than a minor inconvenience. It stops water flow to your home and leaves you at risk of a burst pipe — a true plumbing emergency! The good news is that there are a few tricks to prevent this from happening. In this blog, the plumbing experts from Korte Does It All review the simple steps you can take to protect your Indiana home.

Keep Heat at 60 Degrees Minimum

While it’s tempting to let temperatures in your home drop in the evenings or when you’re away to save energy, it’s best to keep a consistent temperature throughout your home when temperatures are extremely cold. Setting your thermostat to a minimum of 60 degrees prevents your pipes from developing ice. While this may result in a slight increase in your monthly heating costs, it’s more cost-efficient than the extraordinary expenses that can come from burst pipes and water damage repairs. 

Open Cabinet Doors Below Sinks

The pipes under your sink can become extremely cold since they aren’t exposed to the heated air circulating throughout your home. To keep these pipes at an ideal temperature, open the cabinet doors overnight and allow your home’s heat to reach them. This circulation allows for your home to be evenly heated.

Insulate Your Pipes

Many pipes exposed to the outdoors or in unheated interior areas like crawl spaces or attics are not properly insulated. Since these pipes are exposed to the cold when temperatures drop, they must be protected with insulation. This is a simple and inexpensive solution. Foam insulation works well to act as a buffer against freezing temperatures, while heat tape or heat cables can also provide warmth to pipes to prevent freezing.

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Keep Your Faucets at a Drip

By opening a few faucets in your home and allowing a trickle to run, you can reduce the pressure inside your pipes and reduce the likelihood of the water inside freezing. Do this when you expect extremely low temperatures to ensure that stagnant water in your pipes doesn’t turn to ice, resulting in a burst pipe.

What To Do if Your Pipes Freeze

Even with these precautions, there’s still a chance that your pipes can freeze. This is likely the issue if you notice you have no water after a cold snap. To fix the issue, follow these steps:

  1. Shut off your water supply
  2. Try to locate which pipe is frozen
  3. Attempt to thaw the frozen pipe with a hair dryer
  4. If you still have issues, call a professional plumber

Choose Korte Does It All for Pipe Repairs in Indiana

If you need repairs for your frozen pipes, trust the team at Korte Does It All. Since 1965, we’ve been providing exceptional plumbing services throughout Indiana from our highly trained technicians. With our 24/7 service, we’re here for you when you need us most. With our commitment to outstanding customer service, we’re sure to meet your needs and exceed your expectations!

To schedule frozen pipe repairs for your Indiana home, turn to Korte Does It All. Call (260) 493-2596 now to make an appointment.

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