During a hard freeze you might need an automatic electric heating cable to protect uninsulated pipes
Why it matters: Burst pipes wreak havoc on our homes and create costly damage.
- Protecting some pipes requires extra steps.
🥶 Remember. Temperature matters! The National Weather Service issues a hard freeze warning when temps reach 28 degrees. Temps below 20 degrees will definitely freeze water in pipes.
- Pipes at greatest risk —> exposed outdoor pipes and pipes running through unconditioned crawl spaces and attics.
👏 Testimonial: Short version is my automatic heating cable was not plugged in. My outdoor faucet was frozen. 😑
- BUT! I plugged it in and within a few hours, I was able to turn it on! Disaster averted!!!
✅ For your Smart Homeowner list
- Made it through a couple of hard freezes? You’re probably fine.
- To be safe double check your most at risk pipes.
- Insulating pipes in your attic or crawl space should be good enough unless temps stay below 20 for several days.
- Use a heating cable on exposed outdoor pipes. [Note: The shortest is 3’, so I ran the cable up one side of the pipe and down the other. Longer cables are also available.]