Will My Pipes Freeze If My Heat Is Off?

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Fall has arrived here in Salt Lake City, meaning winter weather is just around the corner. As the temperature drops, many of us start planning vacations. Don’t forget to pack a swimsuit!

And don’t forget about your plumbing.

If you leave your Utah home during subfreezing weather, remember to keep on the heat. You could end up paying for a pipe replacement otherwise—and dealing with a lot of water damage. With no heating, your pipes can quickly freeze, causing your pipes to burst.

Our team at Friendly Plumber, Heating and Air can help with all your heating, cooling, and plumbing jobs. Our friendly technicians specialize in creating healthy homes to keep you and your loved ones safe and comfortable throughout the year.

Ask about our convenient financing options to help with your next project! We look for ways to remove all the stress in maintaining your home.

How Hot Should I Keep It?

It’s okay to turn down the temperature on your furnace, heat pump, or boiler a few degrees—just not too far.

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) recommends setting your thermostat no lower than 55°F when the temperature outside is 32°F or below, or you risk damage to your plumbing.

How Do I Stop My Pipes from Freezing? 

Before the snow starts falling, now is the ideal time to winterize your Salt Lake City home. Here’s how you can do it: 

Drain and turn off outdoor water supply lines. 

Outdoor water sources like sprinkler lines, pool lines, and garden hoses are vulnerable to the cold. You can protect these lines from freezing and bursting by properly draining them before the first frost here in Utah. 

  • Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for draining your pool and sprinkler lines. Don’t use antifreeze—it’s intended for cars and is toxic to people, pets, and plants. 
  • Drain your garden hoses and store them away. Next, turn off any indoor valves that feed water to the outside spigots. Finally, open the outdoor spigots and allow all remaining water to drip for approximately half an hour. 

Insulate Your Pipes.

Does your home have sufficient insulation? A well-insulated home has lower heating and air conditioning bills. It also gives your pipes much-needed protection from the cold. Schedule an inspection today with your Friendly Plumber, Heating and Air professional—we can pinpoint areas where you may need more insulation, including:

Schedule Seasonal Maintenance.

Seasonal maintenance is critical for both your HVAC and plumbing systems. It ensures you’ll stay safe and comfortable through the winter. You’ll also experience lower utility bills, fewer repairs, and a longer lifespan for your equipment. 

Fall is the ideal time to schedule maintenance for your heating system—whether it’s a furnace, heat pump, or boiler. Additionally, your water heater needs to be drained and checked for sediment buildup. 

Friendly Plumber, Heating and Air makes staying on top of maintenance simple, convenient, and budget-friendly for our customers. Our Friendly Service Plans start at just $12 per month and include discounted repairs, seasonal tune-ups, and more.

Need Reliable Home Service? Call Today. 

Friendly Plumber, Heating and Air is located in Salt Lake City, UT. Our certified professionals are ready to assist with your next project, whether you need an installation, repair, or maintenance services. Call today at 801-923-6355 or request service online. 

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