7 Tips To Keep Your Charlotte, NC Home's Pipes From Freezing

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7 tips to keep your home's pipes from freezing with the Charlotte, NC metro area experiencing frigid temperatures for the past week and more days of them to still come. I've been seeing lots of posts on my community newsletter from neigbors asking how what to with frozen pipes. As any Charlottean knows, this is not typical weather for us and it's easy to forget to take some precautions to ensure that your pipes don't freeze and burst. Here are  tips to help you keep your pipes from freezing and causing expensive damage to your home:

 

7 Tips To Keep Your Charlotte Home's Pipes From Freezing

 

  1. Open your kitchen and bathroom cabinet doors to allow warmer air to circulate around the plumbing during the night (especially where you might have pipes next to an exterior wall).

  2. Set your thermostat  to stay at same temperature during the day and at night. And even if you are away from your home, make certain that the thermostat is set to no lower than 55 degrees, but it's recommended you keep the temperature constant at 68 degrees or higher. And consider turning off your water completely if you won't be at home, especially the valves to your clothes washer.

  3. Let cold water drip from faucets in your home. Running water through the pipes, even at a trickle, helps to prevent pipes from freezing by relieving pressure, especially at night when temperatures plummet.

  4. Close all windows near water pipes; cover or close open-air vents to keep cold air from entering.

  5. You can insulate water pipes with a "pipe sleeve" or install UL-listed "heat tape," "heat cable," or similar materials on exposed water pipes. Some recommend doing this on interior pipes as well. If your local hardware store has run out of this material, you can help insulate by using newspapers.

  6. Placing an insulating dome or other covering on outdoor faucets and spigots can reduce the likelihood of water pipes freezing. If you haven't already done so, disconnect your water hose from your outdoor spigot.

  7. If you have water supply lines in your garage, be sure to keep the garage doors closed.

 

How To Keep Pipes From Freezing

 image credited to PennLine.com

 

 

Click on the picture below from Safewise.com for more tips on how to prevent frozen pipes, what to do if your pipes freeze, and information on products that will help you keep pipes from freezing.

 

How To Prevent Frozen Pipes

 

 

 

These tips to prevent pipes from freezing in your Charlotte area home are brought to you courtesy of  Nina Hollander and Carolinas Realty Partners, RE/MAX Executive, your Charlotte metro area real estate consultants and residential home sales specialists. 

 

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Roy Kelley
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This is excellent advice to share.

There will be lots of frozen pipes in Maryland this weekend.

Jan 06, 2018 08:04 AM #23
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Roy Kelley ~ thanks, Roy. And most of this is simple stuff to do to keep those pipes from freezing. Stay warm.

Jan 06, 2018 08:15 AM #24
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Hello Nina,  Hard to believe it would get cold in your area but after this past week, even Florida was cold.  Good post, should be feature.

 

 

Jan 06, 2018 08:16 AM #25
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Great advice for people everywhere at the moment

Jan 06, 2018 08:22 AM #26
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Nick & Trudy Vandekar, 610-203-4543 ~ ya think, Nick? Not too many parts of the country that aren't in the deep freeze right now. Stay warm.

Jan 06, 2018 08:42 AM #27
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Will Hamm ~ thanks, Will. At least we are more prepared for cold weather in NC than they often are in Florida... so it's unreasonably cold, but more survivable.

Jan 06, 2018 08:42 AM #28
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Good morning Nina - it took me a few years to get all of that right in my Armonk house.  Water damage is a real danger.

Jan 06, 2018 08:51 AM #29
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I would add, make sure all water hoses are unhooked and put a cover over the outside faucets.

Jan 06, 2018 10:30 AM #30
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These are great tips to keep pipes from freezing. The plumbers have been so very busy this week with frozen pipe calls.

Jan 06, 2018 12:15 PM #31
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Debbie Reynolds ~ hi Debbie... I have a feeling the plumbers have been more than little busy in the Charlotte area as well this week.

Jan 06, 2018 02:19 PM #32
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Joe Pryor ~  Our man does this each year when he winterizes our sprinkler system... but I know lots of people who never really think about doing even that.

Jan 06, 2018 02:20 PM #33
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Grant Schneider ~ hi Grant... no doubt both water and fire damage is very expensive to fix. Thankfully it was nothing I had to deal with in NYC and not often that I have to think about it in Charlotte.

Jan 06, 2018 02:22 PM #34
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Nina thanks for the tips.  Broken pipes can cause a lot of expensive damage.

Jan 06, 2018 03:24 PM #35
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Nina- oh dear, this brings back memories of growing up and living in Houston. Our pipes then were in the attic. You can imagine the damage that could be done from that. 

Jan 06, 2018 03:52 PM #36
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Kathy Streib ~ hi Kathy... I can't even imagine pipes in the attic... not sure I've ever seen that.

Jan 06, 2018 05:42 PM #37
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George Souto ~ hi George... water in a house is a lethal issue in terms of mess and expense, no doubt.

Jan 06, 2018 05:43 PM #38
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Nina, these are great tips for other areas as well.  We live in a warmer climate but have had a few freezes here so far this year.  Some of these I would have never thought of and I am glad I read this.  Great tips!

Jan 07, 2018 05:23 AM #39
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Nina, it was amazing to see how far south that artic cold ventured, and great post to assist your homeowners! 

Jan 07, 2018 07:04 AM #40
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Joan Cox ~ it's unbelievable... it was about 15 degrees early this morning and right now is still only 20 degrees.

Jan 07, 2018 07:22 AM #41
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Brenda J. Andrew ~ thanks, Brenda. No doubt your area is similar to mine... not a lot of call for deep freezes, which means many people don't have much of a clue as what they must do.

Jan 07, 2018 07:23 AM #42
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