The last place you want to see a swimming pool or beautiful ice sculpture is in the middle of your living room (or any room inside your home). If your plumbing pipes freeze, the ice will expand causing them to burst, then water will escape and potentially create waterfalls throughout your entire home. These incidents can cause thousands of dollars in repairs, so to avoid disastrous water damage during Chicago’s unbearable winter use one or a combination of the following tips.
Don’t become a victim to freezing, bursting pipes!
1. Maintain Sufficient Heating
While you are away from home keep your thermostat at a minimum of 60 degrees throughout your home, including the basement. And, ensure that all areas near your plumbing are receiving adequate amounts of heat.
2. Wrap Pipes in Insulation
Wrapping your copper pipes in foam insulation is essential especially if you have pipes near the exterior walls of your home. An even more effective option for keeping pipes from freezing is wrapping them in electric heat tape. This is a relatively easy to install method, which plugs into an outlet and uses a thermostatic control to modify the temperature.
3. Turn Off Your Water Supply
Shutting off your water may be most suitable for an investment property that is not currently occupied or under construction. After work is complete each day turn off the water supply at your shutoff valve, as well as on the water heater, then let the faucets run until the water completely drains out of them.
4. Use a Forced Air Heater
Another option for investment properties that are not yet equipped with appropriate heating systems is to purchase a Forced Kerosene Air Heater, which can heat areas up to 2,000 square feet at a time.
5. Keep Water Heater Temperature Low
Consider turning the dial on your hot water heater to “warm” instead of “very hot.” Given the fact that the chemical bonds in hot water result in hot water freezing at substantially faster rates then cold water–your water temperature being set lower can be an effective approach coupled with the any of the other methods.
6. Leave Water at a Low-Flow
While you’re away from your home or investment property and the water is continuously in motion throughout your plumbing system the constant flow of water can mitigate pipe freezes. Turn all faucets at a low-flow in your kitchen and bathrooms to maintain a circulation of water.**Nothing on this website should be confused with financial or legal advice. If you need this, or any other type of advice, please seek the help of a competent professional. In addition, because real estate laws change all the time and differ from state to state, and even city to city in the same state, everything in these pages should be considered general marketing advice and ideas. Please see link to full Disclaimer at the bottom of this page.