How Do I Keep Pipes From Freezing?

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Dealing with a frozen pipe involves a lot of headache, time, and money. And unfortunately, it’s not usually something that is in the budget. Nobody thinks “I bet my home’s pipes are going to freeze and burst next month. Better save up!” But the hard truth is that they can easily freeze if left to their own devices in harsh winter temperatures.

The possibility of water pipes freezing is particularly real when they are outdoors. And that makes sense, because they often have absolutely no protection. However, indoor pipes can also fall victim to frigid temperatures, particularly if they are poorly insulated (or currently have no insulation whatsoever!)

Many unsuspecting homeowners have gone on a Christmas vacation, leaving their worries behind them for the beauties of island life, and have returned to find that a frozen pipe has burst. Nobody wants to come home to soggy floors and ruined, precious belongings. That’s one way to be thrown right back into reality, isn’t it? 

It’s a much smarter idea to take preventative measures, keeping your home safe and dry.

The good news is that homeowners can easily prepare for the cold winter months before disaster has a chance to strike. Here is a list of basic ways to protect your pipes, and your home, during the cold winter months.

  • Maintain a Constant Temperature In All Areas of the Home
  • Avoid Turning Down the Heat While On Vacation
  • Allow Sink Faucet to Drip Regularly
  • Open Cabinet Doors in Kitchen and Bathrooms
  • Check At-Risk Piping Regularly
  • Insulate Your Water Pipes
  • Add Our Reliable Heating Blanket to At-Risk Pipes

Let’s take a closer look at each of these tips.

1- Maintain a Constant Temperature In All Areas of the Home

Some homeowners believe it is a good idea to shut to doors to the rooms that they do not regularly use in the winter. They then opt to close the vents in those rooms. This makes sense at first glance because it allows the heat to flow to the rooms that are used most often. 

However, doing this can be a big mistake. Allowing certain areas of the home to get too cold can cause pipes to experience temperatures that are simply too cold. Cold pipes are now at a heightened risk for developing ice clogs, which will greatly reduce the water flow in your home and can lead to the dangers of a burst pipe. 

2- Avoid Turning Down The Heat While On Vacation

It is tempting to reduce the temperature in a home when going on vacation. This is because the homeowner would rather save precious dollars on the heating bill rather than heating an empty couch. Unfortunately, doing so (especially on a long vacation) may result in finding a water-logged couch instead.

While it is fine to reduce the thermostat just a few degrees, make sure that the overall temperature is still warm enough to keep those water pipes protected. A good rule of thumb is to avoid turning the temperature below 55 degrees Fahrenheit. 

3- Allow Your Sink’s Faucet to Drip Regularly

Moving water has a much harder time freezing than water that just sits in your pipes, particularly if there is no movement for a long time. It’s easy to understand why this is true when you consider how a lake freezes more easily than a river. 

Another way you can avoid a frozen area forming in your home’s pipes is to turn on the kitchen and bathroom faucets and allow them to drip. It can be a very small drip, but the movement will help keep the pipes from freezing. This doesn’t have to be all day. You could choose to set a timer on your phone to remind you to turn on the faucet, then have another reminder a few hours later to turn it back off. 

You may be thinking “Yeah, but what about my water bill?” Honestly, such a small amount of water should not affect your water bill too much. But it will save you hundreds of dollars (maybe even thousands) by avoiding frozen pipes. Prevention is key here, my friends.

4- Open Your Cabinet Doors Often

This may seem like an interesting one, but the wisdom in it lies along the lines of keeping doors open in your home as well. When cabinet doors are closet (and they are most of the time), it lowers the temperatures inside the cabinet. This creates an unforgiving cold air that greatly lowers the temperature of your water pipes as well. 

Of course, if I had my cabinet doors open all day long, it would drive me absolutely nuts. You may be able to relate. Consider simply opening them for the same amount of time as you allow your faucet to drip. This keeps the annoyances to a simple few hours a day while greatly protecting your home from potential water damage and downright disaster. 

5- Check At-Risk Water Pipes Regularly

Unfortunately, some of the most at-risk piping in your home is in the areas where you go the least. These areas include the basement, attic, and garage. But now that you know this, you can easily do a quick check every few days to make sure things are looking good and that no damage has occurred. Feel the pipes to ensure they haven’t reached incredibly low temperatures.

Also pay attention to the overall temperature in those parts of the home. If your heating system isn’t sufficient in those areas, you may want to consider an extra heat source to heat the room, such as a space heater.

6- Insulate Your Water Pipes

Check the insulation surrounding your piping. Or have a professional do so for you. Older homes are particularly at-risk for insufficient, old insulation. Or even worse, no insulation at all! Brrrrrr! If you find that you’re in this situation, head to your nearest hardware store or The Home Depot and grab some insulation to get those pipes protected and serving your home the way they should. 

Luckily, newer homes are likely to have better insulation conditions. However, this doesn’t mean you’re off the hook. Take a good look at the insulation measures that have been taken in your home previously and update if needed. 

7- Add Our Reliable Heating Blanket to At-Risk Pipes

Powerblanket custom pipe heaters

Last but not least, consider adding a heat source to the pipes in your home (or the ones outside of it) that you believe to be at risk of freezing. We recommend checking out our safe, efficient heating blankets that are designed specifically for pipes. These blankets are created to regulate the temperature needs of your home’s pipes with exactness. 

This option ensures that your home’s pipes will never freeze – and there’s simply nothing that compares with that peace of mind.

If you know you’re in a situation where specific pipes in your home are in danger, our Powerblanket pipe warming blankets reliably keep your home from experiencing pipe bursts. The preventative measure of a heating blanket will save you from the need to repair and replace items in the future.

Here at Powerblanket, we are known for supplying several companies with the safe construction heating solutions they need to protect their buildings. But we also serve homeowners looking to protect the homes they love. 

At Powerblanket, we know that our pipe warming blankets are also one of the safest ways to protect your home’s pipes. 

Give Powerblanket’s experienced team a call today at 866.945.4203 with any questions you may have. We’re always here to help!

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How Do I Keep Pipes From Freezing?

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Dealing with a frozen pipe involves a lot of headache, time, and money. And unfortunately, it’s not usually something that is in the budget. Nobody thinks “I bet my home’s pipes are going to freeze and burst next month. Better save up!” But the hard truth is that they can easily freeze if left to their own devices in harsh winter temperatures.

The possibility of water pipes freezing is particularly real when they are outdoors. And that makes sense, because they often have absolutely no protection. However, indoor pipes can also fall victim to frigid temperatures, particularly if they are poorly insulated (or currently have no insulation whatsoever!)

Many unsuspecting homeowners have gone on a Christmas vacation, leaving their worries behind them for the beauties of island life, and have returned to find that a frozen pipe has burst. Nobody wants to come home to soggy floors and ruined, precious belongings. That’s one way to be thrown right back into reality, isn’t it? 

It’s a much smarter idea to take preventative measures, keeping your home safe and dry.

The good news is that homeowners can easily prepare for the cold winter months before disaster has a chance to strike. Here is a list of basic ways to protect your pipes, and your home, during the cold winter months.

  • Maintain a Constant Temperature In All Areas of the Home
  • Avoid Turning Down the Heat While On Vacation
  • Allow Sink Faucet to Drip Regularly
  • Open Cabinet Doors in Kitchen and Bathrooms
  • Check At-Risk Piping Regularly
  • Insulate Your Water Pipes
  • Add Our Reliable Heating Blanket to At-Risk Pipes

Let’s take a closer look at each of these tips.

1- Maintain a Constant Temperature In All Areas of the Home

Some homeowners believe it is a good idea to shut to doors to the rooms that they do not regularly use in the winter. They then opt to close the vents in those rooms. This makes sense at first glance because it allows the heat to flow to the rooms that are used most often. 

However, doing this can be a big mistake. Allowing certain areas of the home to get too cold can cause pipes to experience temperatures that are simply too cold. Cold pipes are now at a heightened risk for developing ice clogs, which will greatly reduce the water flow in your home and can lead to the dangers of a burst pipe. 

2- Avoid Turning Down The Heat While On Vacation

It is tempting to reduce the temperature in a home when going on vacation. This is because the homeowner would rather save precious dollars on the heating bill rather than heating an empty couch. Unfortunately, doing so (especially on a long vacation) may result in finding a water-logged couch instead.

While it is fine to reduce the thermostat just a few degrees, make sure that the overall temperature is still warm enough to keep those water pipes protected. A good rule of thumb is to avoid turning the temperature below 55 degrees Fahrenheit. 

3- Allow Your Sink’s Faucet to Drip Regularly

Moving water has a much harder time freezing than water that just sits in your pipes, particularly if there is no movement for a long time. It’s easy to understand why this is true when you consider how a lake freezes more easily than a river. 

Another way you can avoid a frozen area forming in your home’s pipes is to turn on the kitchen and bathroom faucets and allow them to drip. It can be a very small drip, but the movement will help keep the pipes from freezing. This doesn’t have to be all day. You could choose to set a timer on your phone to remind you to turn on the faucet, then have another reminder a few hours later to turn it back off. 

You may be thinking “Yeah, but what about my water bill?” Honestly, such a small amount of water should not affect your water bill too much. But it will save you hundreds of dollars (maybe even thousands) by avoiding frozen pipes. Prevention is key here, my friends.

4- Open Your Cabinet Doors Often

This may seem like an interesting one, but the wisdom in it lies along the lines of keeping doors open in your home as well. When cabinet doors are closet (and they are most of the time), it lowers the temperatures inside the cabinet. This creates an unforgiving cold air that greatly lowers the temperature of your water pipes as well. 

Of course, if I had my cabinet doors open all day long, it would drive me absolutely nuts. You may be able to relate. Consider simply opening them for the same amount of time as you allow your faucet to drip. This keeps the annoyances to a simple few hours a day while greatly protecting your home from potential water damage and downright disaster. 

5- Check At-Risk Water Pipes Regularly

Unfortunately, some of the most at-risk piping in your home is in the areas where you go the least. These areas include the basement, attic, and garage. But now that you know this, you can easily do a quick check every few days to make sure things are looking good and that no damage has occurred. Feel the pipes to ensure they haven’t reached incredibly low temperatures.

Also pay attention to the overall temperature in those parts of the home. If your heating system isn’t sufficient in those areas, you may want to consider an extra heat source to heat the room, such as a space heater.

6- Insulate Your Water Pipes

Check the insulation surrounding your piping. Or have a professional do so for you. Older homes are particularly at-risk for insufficient, old insulation. Or even worse, no insulation at all! Brrrrrr! If you find that you’re in this situation, head to your nearest hardware store or The Home Depot and grab some insulation to get those pipes protected and serving your home the way they should. 

Luckily, newer homes are likely to have better insulation conditions. However, this doesn’t mean you’re off the hook. Take a good look at the insulation measures that have been taken in your home previously and update if needed. 

7- Add Our Reliable Heating Blanket to At-Risk Pipes

Powerblanket custom pipe heaters

Last but not least, consider adding a heat source to the pipes in your home (or the ones outside of it) that you believe to be at risk of freezing. We recommend checking out our safe, efficient heating blankets that are designed specifically for pipes. These blankets are created to regulate the temperature needs of your home’s pipes with exactness. 

This option ensures that your home’s pipes will never freeze – and there’s simply nothing that compares with that peace of mind.

If you know you’re in a situation where specific pipes in your home are in danger, our Powerblanket pipe warming blankets reliably keep your home from experiencing pipe bursts. The preventative measure of a heating blanket will save you from the need to repair and replace items in the future.

Here at Powerblanket, we are known for supplying several companies with the safe construction heating solutions they need to protect their buildings. But we also serve homeowners looking to protect the homes they love. 

At Powerblanket, we know that our pipe warming blankets are also one of the safest ways to protect your home’s pipes. 

Give Powerblanket’s experienced team a call today at 866.945.4203 with any questions you may have. We’re always here to help!

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Welcome To Powerblanket

The Powerblanket family began our journey back in 2005.  Since then, our patented, American-made temperature control products have solidified our expertise the industrial heating and cooling community. We excel at helping the industrial and manufacturing community get back to work. 

With our ever-expanding range of customizable heating during the winter, and cooling during the summer, Powerblanket helps businesses stay operational year-round. By finding new ways to remove temperature roadblocks, Powerblanket empowers companies to preserve workplace safety, prolong equipment life, prepare for emergencies, and get back to work.

Powerblanket infographic on the temperature control products offered

 

Industrial Heating from Powerblanket

We are the leading provider of standard and custom-designed industrial heating blankets. No matter what industry you’re in, Powerblanket can help you improve your business. We have created custom heating solutions for companies all over the world. Our blankets are extremely versatile and can be used across a wide variety of industries. 

Powerblanket infographic showing industries served by temperature control

If you can build it, haul it, or store it…we can heat it. Because pre-fabricated options are not always a good fit, our engineers are at the ready to create tailor made heating to spec. We specialize in engineering custom solutions for even the trickiest of heating problems. Powerblanket has the quickest lead time in the market for custom products. First, our world-class engineering team learns your specific heating needs. Next, we provide you with your custom quote within 1-3 days. Then, we deliver your custom heating products within 3 weeks. 

How Our Products Work

Our heating blankets save you time, energy, and money by putting the heat precisely where it is needed. After a simple installation, you are now harnessing the power of conduction and heating your materials with direct and even heat. Our advanced weather-proof insulation provides a protective barrier from the elements and reduces heat loss. We then combine insulation with efficient heating elements to direct heat downward right into the item that needs heating instead of losing it to the ambient air.

Powerblanket diagram showing even heating in our concrete curing blankets

Powerblanket Product Families

Barrel and Bucket Heaters

Protect your fluid storage during the winter with a wide range of drum, barrel, and bucket heaters.  Direct, evenly distributed heat eliminates hot and colds spots, solves viscosity issues, and prevent your fluids from freezing. We also provide a range of specially calibrated blankets for coconut oil, honey, and wax. These blankets are programmed to stay within the exact temperatures these specific fluids need.

Tote and DEF Tote Heaters

For larger volume industrial fluids, these specially designed tote heating blankets are perfectly sized and shaped for steel, poly, and DEF totes. Our tote heaters protect the chemical composition of your fluids while still giving you pump access during winter conditions.

Gas Cylinder Heaters

When gas tanks drop in temperature, the pressure of their contents drops as well. As a result, it very difficult to get any gas flow from a tank during the winter. Gas cylinder warmers evenly and safely heat the cylinder so that flow rate increases and operations can continue running.

Bulk Material Heaters

How do you heat multiple containers of all shapes and sizes, or bulky pallets of materials? Hot box bulk material warmers provide even heating to anything stored within.

Ground Thawing Blankets

Frozen ground can bring a number of industries to a full halt during the winter. During sub-freezing temperatures, our high powered ground thaw blankets direct heat deep into the frost line to prep ground for digging, utility work, concrete pouring, and more.

Concrete Curing Blankets

Winter concreting is notoriously difficult. Construction heating can have a huge impact on jobs, deadlines, and the overall bottomline. From roofing, to spray foam, painting, and concrete, so many aspects are affected by the weather. Curing problems can derail entire construction projects and cause costly delays. Our concrete curing blankets provide heat, insulation, and cure concrete 2.8x faster than conventional insulation blankets. Electric concrete blankets are hands down the most efficient solution for strong and fast winter concrete curing.

Snow Melting Safety Mats

Free your hands and your time during the winter by setting your snow shovel aside. Simply lay down our Summerstep snow and ice melting mats on your doorway, stairs, and walkways. In addition, Summerstep mats provide traction and reduce injuries from slips and falls all winter long.

Smart Controllers

For an added level of control and automation, our Beacon Smart Controllers put temperature control at your fingertips. With the user friendly app, you have access to continuous remote temperature monitoring. You can also set heating schedules and receive temperature alerts right from your phone or tablet.

Industrial Cooling from North Slope Chillers

Our North Slope Chillers line represents the flip-side of our total temperature control expertise. Our industrial chillers, Fluxwrap fluid channel blankets, Keg Coolers, and Ice Wraps provide the perfect cooling solutions for when the heat is high.

Total Temperature Control

When your business feels the sting of wasted revenue through equipment damage, product loss, or the financial crunch of the “off season” due to unworkable climate conditions, Powerblanket has the solution. With Powerblanket, there is no “off season.” Contact us to find the perfect temperature control solutions to keep your work flowing at 855.993.6294 or [email protected]

 

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