Plumbing experts say one of the best things you can do is drain all of your faucets – that includes your shower.
LITTLE ROCK, Ark – Given the frigid weather forecast, freezer pipes are something many homeowners are concerned about. Plumbing professionals told us there are some steps you can take to keep your pipes from freezing.
“It all depends on where and how your pipelines are placed. You’re not a plumber, you won’t know. So the safest thing to do is to let the whole house drip a little and you don’t have to worry, ”said Eric Scroggins of Roto-Rooter Plumbing and Water Purification.
You read that right, Scroggins said, the safest thing to do is to drain all of the faucets – that includes your shower.
“I would leave them all. It won’t hurt to let them all drip. A slightly more expensive water bill is a lot cheaper than a high plumbing bill, ”said Scroggins.
There are a few more things you can do. To protect your plumbing indoors, your best bet is to keep it as warm as possible.
“If those faucets are facing out in the bathroom or sink, you want to try to keep the heat in that room. If it’s a sink, you want to open the cabinet doors and let heat in underneath.” said Jonathan Matson with Arrow Plumbing.
You can purchase accessories for your outer tubes to keep them covered and warm.
“They sell foam covers for your outer tube bibs, they also sell heating tape that you can put on your pipes to keep them warm, but like I said, the best thing you can do is let your pipes drip” said Scroggins.
If these pipes burst, it may take a while before you can fix them.
“Unfortunately, we have no way of opening and defrosting the pipes, so we have to wait for the weather to warm up, the pipes to thaw a little and there are no disruptions,” said Matson.