Frigid weather can lead to frozen pipes in the best of circumstances, but when you add in the large number of lifted houses that no longer have solid foundations underneath and the frigid temperatures, Highlands residents could be vulnerable for frozen or burst water pipes.
Pipes most at risk for freezing include:
- Exposed pipes in unheated areas of the home, like underneath your lifted house.
- Pipes located in exterior walls.
- Any plumbing on the exterior of the home.
Some things you can do to prevent frozen pipes:
1. Insulate all water pipes using either foam pipe insulators or possibly heater tapes wrapped around the pipes.
2. Locate the main water shut off in case you need it and mark it. Leaks often happen if the pipe is thawing out and you don’t want to find out when you have a leak you don’t know where you main water shut off is.
3. Run the water in bathrooms/kitchen areas that are on an exterior wall, this is cheaper than repairing it after the fact. You can let the water run no faster than a slow constant drip.
4. If you don’t have frost-proof spigots, close the interior shut-off valve leading to that faucet, open and drain the spigot, and install a faucet insulator.