Maximize Space in Your Custom Built Home

Building a custom home is a great experience. But sticking within your budget can be difficult. When figuring out how much your new home is going to cost, you usually have to think in terms of square footage. But there are ways to increase your square footage and still save. For example, building up by adding a second story on the house is less expensive than building out, because that’s less area that will need a foundation and roof coverage. I started this blog to help you find ways to get the space that you need in your custom home, without having to spend more than you can afford. Building my custom home was the best money I ever spent, and I’m happy to help you learn how to get the custom home you want.

3 Tips To Help Keep Your Pipes From Freezing

Construction & Contractors Blog

If your home is located in a part of the country that experiences cold winters, then you know that frozen pipes are definitely a scary possibility. Frozen pipes can burst as the pressure behind the ice blockage builds up too much, which can cause serious flooding in your home. This is something everyone wants to avoid, and thankfully there are some ways to keep your pipes from freezing. Here are 3 ways to keep ice from forming in your home's water pipes. 

Close Upper Vents, Open Lower Vents

If your home has multiple floor levels, then doing something as simple as opening the right air vents and closing the others can keep your entire home warmer overall and keep your pipes from freezing. It is a scientific fact that warm air rises, and cold air falls. This means that the way you configure your vents matter, for instance, if you close your basement vents but open your upper floor vents, then warm air will not go into your basement. 

However, if you open your basement vents, and close your upper floor vents, then warm air will be able to flow from your basement to your upper floors, and your entire home will be able to partake of the warm air. This can keep your pipes warmer, and could be what prevents a frozen pipe. 

Open Sink Cabinets

You may not realize it, but the air inside of your cabinets (especially under your sink) can be far colder than the air outside of them. In fact, the air inside of your sink cabinets can be cold enough to be the unfortunate cause of ice formation in your water pipes. To combat this, simply crack open your sink cabinets so that warm air can circulate through them and keep your pipes warm. 

Let Your Faucets Drip

Another way to keep your pipes from freezing is to let them drip. Set your faucets so that a drop of water falls through about every 2 to 3 seconds. Doing this will keep water moving through your pipes, which will allow water to move out of potential cold spots (for instance, a hole in your concrete that was drilled for cable but lets cold air seep in) in your pipes before the water can freeze. 

By following these three simple tips, you can prevent freezing in your pipes as well as any flooding should those frozen pipes burst.  For more tips, contact a professional, such as Orange Coast Plumbing.

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25 September 2014