Wrap Pipes and Drip Faucets During Cold Temperatures

By: Joe Hellriegel Email
By: Joe Hellriegel Email

"Absolutely, I let my pipes drip as well, or run as well, yes sir."

With the temperatures dipping into the mid-to-low 20's, it's important to protect your property. More specifically your pipes which could freeze causing them to crack.

Daniel Everhart is a plumbing department manager at Lowe's and says you need to wrap your pipes in self sealing pipe insulation or insulated tape.

"You want to completely secure it. Any exposed where air can get to it, that's where it's going to freeze," said Everhart.

Everhart doesn't recommend a towel to cover the pipes during these freeze warnings.

"For temperatures that's going to get in the 20's, that's going to do very little unfortunately. Wrapping it in a towel or something, you would almost have to wrap it a half inch or an inch thick," said Everhart.

Also, not letting your pipes drip over night can be a costly mistake in the long run. Blake Wood owns Blake Wood's Complete Plumbing Service, Inc. and says he's seen busted pipes all too often.

"I've actually seen it before where entire 40 feet sections of pipe are broken because it's frozen solid and split all the way down the pipe," said Wood. "Basically, you have to tear it all out and re-do it. Save a little bit of money by letting something drip, spend a little money on a water bill and save yourself a lot of money in expenses in fixing the plumbing."

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