Freezing Pipes in Winter

I cannot believe that another winter is almost in full swing again. Soon we are going to celebrate Christmas, then there is going to be New Year, St. Valentine’s Day and many other joyous day to celebrate like birthdays of a few of my friends.

Winter might be a special time of year, but it does not mean that one should not be prepared for it. By being prepared for it I not only mean having warm gloves and hats prepared at all times. Being prepared for winter means more than just that and can include making sure that no pipes freeze in your home during all those days when it is freezing outside.

I remember one very cold winter when I was a child. I lived in a big house with many rooms. Our central heating system wasn’t top quality, and we were always wondering when it might stop working. My parents did not feel like replacing it since it sounded like a big investment at the time. We were about to move anyway soon so we knew that the inevitable would happen one day for sure. And it did happen. We needed to call our plumber the next day to fix everything for us. Luckily, the repairs did not cost that much after all and everything ended surprisingly well taking into account the shape of our central heating system.

Since I am an adult now and have total control over my home, during winter I like to ensure that the pipes in my house won’t freeze the way it happened to me when I was a child. If a person has central heating, then one reason why pipes may freeze is when the central heating is switched off completely. I never switch my central heating off. In the worst case, I switch it on in and set it to heat just a little. Heating just a little can already make a huge difference. It is important to make sure that there is hot water circulating in the pipes and nobody should forget about this important fact.