Uncommon Sense: Frozen Pipes

Winter creates many hardships, the worst of which can be frozen water and/or sewer lines.  I have seen times when wind blowing through a small crack can freeze a pipe 3 feet from the wall in a warm house.  Preparation is the key to worry free living.

STANDARD HOUSING:  Crawlspace or Basement: Seal all cracks and openings to the outside.  Be sure to close, seal and insulate all vents.  It never hurts to insulate the wall of a crawlspace with foam board.  In most circumstances you should never insulate the floor above the crawlspace as this keeps heat from reaching the crawler and your plumbing.

OUTSIDE:  Water lines:  Should be buried 6 feet deep.  In vacation homes the septic tank should be buried deeper than normal and/or insulated.  Remember – dry ground is a good insulator.  To keep things from freezing keep the water away. — David Nequette  

Posted in Freeze-Ups, Frozen Pipes

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