Knowing exactly when to drip faucets is far from common knowledge. However, as temperatures continue to fringe on freezing on both sides of the Atlantic, it's a question that needs answering.
Can you get away with waiting another week – or are your taps under threat right now? Here, those in the know share exactly when to drip faucets – and the most common dripping mistake you should avoid in the process. Thesebathroom ideasmight just save your taps this season.
When to drip faucets – your questions, answered
'Frozen pipes become a real threat at 20 degrees Fahrenheit (-6.6 Celcius) or lower,' explains Jake Romano, a plumber at anOttawa Plumbing and Drain Cleaning Company. In these temperatures, Jake explains that you should drip your faucet if it is connected to a pipe.
'When the temperature falls below freezing, and a water supply is exposed to these freezing temperatures, the water can freeze in the pipe. When this happens, the water in the pipe expands. Without anywhere to go, your pipe can expand and break,' he shares.
Similarly, Enoch Heise, from one of the highest-rated plumbing companies in the Dallas Metroplex,Legacy Plumbing, reiterates Jake's warning.
He adds that he also recommends dripping your faucets at this time of the year – especially when they are located on the exterior walls of the home. 'It is also a good idea to open the cabinet doors to help circulate warm air near the pipes,' Enoch adds.
What is the most common faucet dripping mistake?
You may now know when to drip faucets, but the tricky part is still to come. Enoch warns that many people often forget to drip both the hot and cold water through the faucet – leaving your pipes unprotected at the end of the process.
'This can be trickier with single-handle faucets like many kitchen sink faucets. It is critical, though. If water isn't flowing through either the hot or the cold, then you won't have any freeze protection for those pipes,' he says.
After designing a bathroom, the plumber adds that you should also remember to 'make sure that any toilets on the outside wall are flushed on a frequent basis' for the same reason.
These large and small bathroom ideas will ensure your home flows throughout the winter season. For now, we're keeping a watchful eye on the thermometer.