As we have hit December and temperatures are set to plummet you might want to take some precautions this winter to ensure that your water pipes do not freeze and that you also save yourself money in the long run.
Gwangju City Hall has recently released some tips on how to do this as above and below are some more handy tips for you.
How to Protect Pipes From Freezing
Drain water from pipes that you are not usings eg outdoor pipes
*Do not put antifreeze in these lines unless directed. Antifreeze is environmentally harmful, and is dangerous to humans, pets, wildlife, and landscaping.
Close inside valves supplying outdoor hose bibs.
Open the outside hose bibs to allow water to drain. Keep the outside valve open so that any water remaining in the pipe can expand without causing the pipe to break.
Add insulation to attics, basements and crawl spaces. Insulation will maintain higher temperatures in these areas.
Check around the home for other areas where water supply lines are located in unheated areas.
Look in the garage, and under kitchen and bathroom cabinets.
Both hot and cold water pipes in these areas should be insulated.
Pipe Sleeve : installing “Heat tape”, “Heat cable” or similar materials – such as newspapers – on exposed water pipes. Even ¼” of newspaper can provide significant protection in areas that usually do not have frequent or prolonged temperatures below freezing.