In the plumbing business it is common to see the freezing of pipes during Winter season. It is an issue that can be a lot of money to repair, and brings stress along with it. There is no specific way to fully avoid this problem from occurring in your home. But there are some little things (which will prove big results) you as a homeowner can practice to reduce the chances of your pipes freezing.
When water freezes in your pipes, it expands and causes pressure to build up, waiting to burst and ruin your day. This can happen to exterior AND interior pipes if they are exposed to cold temperatures. This is more commonly seen for pipes exposed in places like your garage, attic, crawl spaces, and outdoor kitchens.
There is no limitation to places in your household that may be exposed to unsafe temperatures for your pipes. Even pipes built into your walls may be at risk of freezing because of lack of instillation. Signs that your pipes may have been exposed to cold temperatures or have leaked in previous years are things like: moisture build-up, mildew, mold, water build-up, and more. If you feel like this may pertain to your home, it may be worth having someone come out and pack more installation into your walls. This will protect your pipes for years to come.
When it comes to pipes exposed in places like your garage, attic, etc. you may want to wrap some Heat Tape around the pipes for further protection and peace of mind. Heat Tape is on the less expensive side and available at quite a few places that you may even be regularly shopping at.
If you were planning on leaving your home to vacation during the Winter season, you should take precautions to avoid returning to a flooded and damaged house or other problems. Keep your thermostat above 55 degrees, and maybe think about turning off all water supply to the property. It may even be a good idea to go the extra mile and have a plumber come out to drain existing water out of the pipe lines. It would definitely be cheaper than returning to your home and having to spend mass amounts of money to fix whatever damage had been done while you were away.
If you discover what may be a frozen pipe in your home, here are a few tips you may want to practice until a plumber is able to come out and asses the problem: