Take preventative measures in your home during below-freezing temperatures to keep your pipes from freezing!
- Let cold water from exposed pipes drip. A small amount of water running through your interior pipes can prevent them from freezing.
- Open bathroom and kitchen cabinets. This directs warm air to cold areas in your home. Often, the pipes that freeze are located near an outside wall or a window and are in an area of the home that does not receive direct sunlight.
- Install a safe space heater in your garage. Place the space heater by your tankless water heater in the garage. This will prevent your tankless water heater from freezing and pipes in the garage from freezing. Even if your garage is insulated, this is highly recommended when outside temperatures are below 20 degrees for a long period of time. Make sure that the heater is not around any flammable material.
- Keep your garage door closed. The less cold air that gets into your garage, the better, especially when there is a water supply located there.
- Maintain a steady, warm temperature on your thermostat. Do not change the temperature on your thermostat from day to night like you may in warmer temperatures.
- Unhook exterior water hoses. Attached water hoses in freezing temperatures will cause your pipes to burst. If you leave your hoses connected, water is not able to drain out of your hose bib and will freeze and break the device.
If your pipes do freeze, you must work to thaw them.
A frozen pipe can be detected as early as when no water is coming out of your faucet when you turn it on. Therefore, it’s important to let all faucets in your home steadily drip. If you notice that no water is coming out of your faucet, check for any leaks in your home, making sure that no pipes have burst. If the pipes are frozen, you need to try to thaw them out yourself.
Apply heat to the section of the pipe by using a safe space heater, a hairdryer, a heating pad, or towels soaked in hot water. Apply heat until the full water pressure is restored. Be sure to check all your faucets to see if other pipes are frozen.
If you find that one of your pipes is busted and water is flowing out, shut off the main water valve. Call a qualified plumber for a frozen pipe repair.
An energy efficient Jagoe Home begins with intelligent design, quality construction, and generations of working to exceed our own standards of excellence. Jagoe Homes committed to all the practices it takes to build truly energy efficient homes, and we work closely with RESNET (Residential Energy Services Network) to achieve great ratings from that organization.
HERS® (Home Energy Rating System) INDEX
*Based on the US Department of Energy definition of HERS index of 130. This information presented for educational purposes only. Savings are average estimates based on Jagoe Homes’ top five selling plans. Savings will vary based on house type, orientation, house size, utility rates, climate and operations of the home.
The lower a home scores on RESNET’S HERS (Home Energy Rating) Index, the more energy efficient it is. A standard new home that’s built to meet the 2006 IECC will score a HERS Index of 100. New Jagoe homes score an average of 62, making them at least 38% more efficient than a standard new home and at least 68% more efficient than a used home.
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